Men’s Volleyball Splits Pair of Five-Setters with York, No. 9 Elmira

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.

Libero Michael Fox had 13 digs in the match, and Bez Arslani and John Cunningham both finished with 11 kills.

Damian Bargielski had a pair of aces and setter Ron Dunn had 30 assists and hit .400.

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.