UNION, N.J. (3/22/14) – The No. 13 Kean University men's volleyball team topped York (N.Y.) College 3-2 after falling to No. 9 Elmira by the same count in two extremely competitive matches on Saturday at the Kean Invitational.
The match with the Cardinals was especially tight; the two teams went over 25 points in three different sets. Both York victories came by identical 29-27 finals in sets two and three.
Junior right side Ed Jedziniak led the Cougars in the match with 18 kills and a .351 hitting percentage, while Kean continued its impressive run of blocking with 32 credited among the roster.
York held an 8-7 lead as the teams switched sides in the deciding fifth set. But then Cunningham (pictured left) nearly single-handedly delivered the crucial momentum shift. He set up Kyle Farley for the game-tying kill, then served an ace to put the Cougars ahead for what proved to be the final time. He wound up serving five-straight times to give Kean a much-appreciated cushion. Tommy Rosario's kill got the Cougars to 14 points and a ball-handling error by York handed the match to the Cougars.
In the first match of the day, Kean nearly pulled the upset over the ninth-ranked Soaring Eagles. The Cougars actually scored more points than Elmira in the match, but not in the right combination to earn the win.
Erik Griffin led the Eagles with a game-high 20 kills, while Jedziniak again paced the Cougars with 15 kills and a .379 hitting percentage.
Kean ends the day with a 16-7 record, while York is 16-15 and Elmira is 19-6.
The men's volleyball team will get back to conference action on Tuesday night against Baruch College at 7 p.m. inside Harwood Arena.