Union, N.J. (1/20/18) – The Kean University men's volleyball team swept day two of the Kean Winter Classic, remaining unbeaten in the 2018 season.
Kean 3, St. Joseph's College-LI 0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-23)
The #11 Cougars improve to 2-0 on the short season while the loss is the first for the Golden Eagles (1-1).
The match was neck and neck from start to finish with Kean pushing out to the largest advantage of the day, five points, midway through the third set (15-10).
Steven Zarzycki led the Cougars with 11 kills with two blocks. Libero Steve Schrank had a team-best 14 digs while teammate Ian Capp added 11 digs of his own with 24 assists. Shayron Taylor contributed with six kills (.500 attack %) and Nick Buseski finished with eight kills and two blocks, good for nine points.
Kean 3, Mt. St. Joseph University 1 (25-22, 16-25, 26-24, 25-22)
The Cougars picked up their first win over a ranked opponent to remain perfect in the young season and close out the Winter Classic as the only undefeated team.
Kean trailed early but tied the first set at 16-all as Shayron Taylor and Nick Buseski combined for the second straight block. The Lions (1-2) regained the lead and scored their last point ahead 22-19. Kean then road the arm of Ian Capp who first provided a kill for side out and then serve two aces down the stretch to give the Cougars an early advantage.
Tied at 10-10 in the second set, the #14 Lions began to pull away leading by as many as six on four occasions and stretching to nine to end the set, 25-16.
After a see saw battle to start the third, MSJ used four straight attack errors by Kean to take a 19-14 lead. The Cougars turned it around and knotted the set at 22-all on a kill from Jay Bynum. Tied again at 24-24 Kean used a block from Jacob Milnazik and a kill from Jared Warner to top the third set, 26-24.
The Cougars never trailed in what would be the deciding set and closed out the match on a 5-2 run to give themselves the win.
Milnazik had a team-high 10 kills with seven digs and three blocks while Zach Gerken added 25 assists and four digs. Warner provided nine kills, four digs and six blocks.
For the Lions, Adam Williams had a match-high 16 kills with 11 digs and Jason Hascher had 13 kills and eight digs. Joey Piazza recorded 20 digs and three assists in the loss.
Kean returns to action on Friday when they host the two day Clash at Kean.