Union, N.J. (4/6/18) – The Kean University men's volleyball team won their 24th straight contest to reach the 30-win plateau by topping Eastern Mennonite University in straight sets on Friday evening in their final regular season home contest.
The Cougars, ranked fourth in the current American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Poll, travel to Southern Virginia University for their final game of the regular season with the Continental Volleyball Conference top seed on the line on Saturday with a 7 p.m. first serve.
If Kean wins the final matchup, the Cougars would stand with the best record in the CVC, giving them hosting rights for the semifinals and finals set for April 13-14. If the Cougars fall, they would be tied with Marymount University in the standings (11-2) with the tie-breaker favoring the Saints by virtue of their 3-1 win over Kean back in early February.
Senior Shayron Taylor tied the solo block career mark with two on the night, giving him 70 in his career. He sits beside Tommy Rosario.
The Cougars (30-2, 11-1 CVC) were led by senior Jared Warner who posted a .706 hitting percentage on the night with 12 kills and six blocks (two solo).
Kean led wire-to-wire in the first set and used a 10-3 run halfway through the set to push ahead, 19-11. Nico Mercadante closed out the set on the service line picking up two aces in the process. (25-12)
It was a see-saw battle in set two, with neither team leading by more than three points. Trailing 23-22, Kean used a kill from Steven Zarzycki, a Royal attack error and a kill from Nick Buseski to move to 2-0. (25-23)
The third set was another tight battle with EMU holding the slight edge for the majority. Trailing 19-18, Warner gave Kean the lead for good with a kill to tie things up and an assisted block, with Ian Capp, to go ahead, 20-19. Warner finished off the match with a kill for the straight set win.
Zarzycki and Buseski each finished with nine kills while Capp added 35 assists, two kills and two aces.
For the Royals, William Ragland and Tim Callahan each had 10 kills.