Volleyball Men Drop Two At New Paltz Tri-Match

Wyatt Bollinger had hit double digit assists in 11 of his 14 matches this year. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Wyatt Bollinger had hit double digit assists in 11 of his 14 matches this year. (photo by Scott Eyre)

In their final road matches of the year, EMU volleyball men ran into some tough competition at a tri-match in New Paltz, N.Y.

The Royals played well at times, but still came home with a pair of losses.

The men wrap up their regular season with three straight home matches, all in CVC play. EMU will look to improve their 3-5 league record when they host newcomer Randolph-Macon on Wednesday. Game time is 7:00pm in Yoder Arena and will be a Rowdy Royal Match.

St. John Fisher 3, EMU 1
The men were either hot or cold against St. John Fisher (17-9) in their opener for the day. The Cardinals scored the first three points in the first set and never looked back, rolling to a 25-15 score.

Eastern Mennonite got kills from Martin Pou (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) and R.J. Ocampo (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) to start the second, however, and hit .333 for set. They opened a quick 7-2 lead and only had two one-point deficits in the set. Breaking off a 20-20 tie, Ocampo and Travis Abele (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) hit kills as the men rolled on a 5-1 streak to win, 25-21.

The good swinging continued in the third but the Cardinals etched out a 21-15 cushion. Pou, Abele and Hunter Taylor (Ashland, Va./Patrick Henry) landed kills to start a 5-0 run, pulling EMU within one point, but St. John Fisher finished on a 3-1 spurt to win 25-22.

That landed the knockout, as the Cardinals got ahead early in the fourth and rolled, 25-12.

Taylor had a team high 13 kills and eight digs. Abele put up 12 kills, 17 assists and two blocks. Ocampo and Pou each had seven kills. Wyatt Bollinger (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) added 19 assists.

Sean Wright (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) and Austin Tomlin (Greenville, Va./Riverheads) each had eight digs.

Josh Bigford led the Cardinals with 18 kills and 11 digs.

No. 9 New Paltz 3, EMU 0
The men certainly had their moments against the ranked Hawks (17-6), taking an early lead in set one and playing to a 16-16 tie. But New Paltz took over with a 6-0 run and won the opener, 25-20.

After giving up the first five points in the second, EMU recovered quickly to get within 7-6. New Paltz put the lead back up to eight before the Royals charged back, with an ace from Ocampo getting them within 23-20. But the host school had the final punch with two points to win 25-20.

The Hawks cruised in the third set, winning 25-15.

Abele led the attack with eight kills. Ocampo had four kills on five swings and Jacob Durren (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) added three kills and two blocks. Bollinger put up 11 assists.

Taylor led a balanced back row with four digs.

Aaron Clark topped New Paltz with 11 kills.