BUENA VISTA, Va. (3/30/19) - Jake Milnazik, Ian Capp, and Kamil Garbowski all posted double-digit kills as the #3 Kean University men's volleyball team had their 22 Continental Volleyball Conference regular season match winning streak snapped by #11 Southern Virginia University, 3-2 (20-25,25-21,17-25,25-17,16-14) on Saturday afternoon.
Paul Clark and Nahuel Recabarren combined for 36 kills for the Knights who improve to 21-2 overall and 11-0 in the CVC. Capp finished with 10 kills, 23 assists and two aces for the Cougars who fall to 21-5 overall and 10-1 in the CVC.
Despite the loss, the Cougars have secured the #2 seed in the upcoming CVC tournament, which will be hosted by the Knights who captured the regular season title and the overall top seed.
Kean and SVU entered the deciding set after each side traded set victories. The Cougars captured sets one and three, while the Knights won sets two and four. Kean hit north of .330 and only committed three errors in their set victories.
In the final set, Kean took a 5-2 lead after a Southern Virginia service and attacking errors. The Knights countered with a 5-1 run to even everything at 6-6. After trading points, the Cougars would take a 12-10 advantage on a Steven Zarzycki block, which forced SVU to call a timeout. After the timeout, the Cougars traded points again before taking a 14-13 lead with match point. The Knights would close the match with three straight points.
Garbowski totaled 13 kills and two block assists, while Milnazik added 10 kills and three digs. Dylan Flor finished with seven kills, while Zarzycki totaled five kills, three aces, four digs and two solo blocks. Zach Gerken handed out 23 assists and collected eight digs.
Head Coach Charlie Ginex and the Cougars will return to action on Wednesday, Apr. 3rd, hosting the Banana Slugs of UC-Santa Cruz for Senior Night beginning at 7:00 p.m. Before the game, Coach Ginex and his staff will honor seniors Nico Mercadante, Garbowski and Nick Buseski for their hard work and dedication to the program.