UNION, N.J. (3/27/19) – Ian Capp totaled a match-high 12 kills, 21 assists, six aces and six digs as the #3 Kean University men's volleyball team captured the first ever New Jersey Athletic Conference Men's Volleyball Championship with a 3-1 victory over Rutgers-Newark on Wednesday evening.
Capp posted a .529 hitting percentage as the Cougars improve to 20-4 overall and 9-0 in the Continental Volleyball Conference, while finishing their NJAC slate at 3-0. Arvind Kumar finished with 11 kills and three digs for the Scarlet Raiders who fall to 13-8 overall and 6-3 in the CVC, while finishing their NJAC slate at 1-2.
Newark challenged Kean at every turn and came into the game with a nothing to lose attitude as the Scarlet Raiders stole set one with a 25-22 victory after hitting .292. The second set saw the Cougars use a 5-2 run to close it out after Newark made a furious comeback and cut the lead to 20-18. The third set Kean dominated after opening with five straight points and eventually pushing their advantage to as large as 10.
The final set proved to be the most interesting with the Cougars trailing late before turning to Capp to help Kean capture the championship. Newark led 22-20 after the Cougars called a timeout to stop the Rutgers momentum. After the timeout, Capp tallied three kills, an assist and an ace to propel Kean to the 25-23 victory.
Kamil Garbowski totaled nine kills, three block assists and posted a .500 hitting percentage, while Jake Milnazik tallied seven kills and Dylan Flor posted six. Jay Bynum totaled five kills and a .571 hitting percentage, while Nick Buseski totaled two kills and three block assists.
Kean also extends their CVC regular season conference match winning streak to 21 matches.
Head Coach Charlie Ginex and the Cougars will return to action in Harrisonburg, Va. on Fri. Mar. 29th, against the Royals of Eastern Mennonite University at 7:00 p.m.