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Men's volleyball finishes Morgan Classic, drops match to NYU

Men's volleyball finishes Morgan Classic, drops match to NYU

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Marymount University men's volleyball team closed out the International Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic at Springfield College on Saturday, falling to New York University, 3-1, on Saturday.

After falling into a 7-2 hole in the opening set, the Saints were unable to recover, despite keeping the set close.

Senior James Knight put down a kill to get the score to 18-15, but that is the closest the Saints would get, as NYU took the first set 25-16.

Marymount responded in the second set with a 10-5 run to being play. Junior Sam Safley got it started with a kill, before Knight put down two more. Knight then capped the spurt with a service ace.

The Saints continued to hold their lead throughout the remainder of the set, despite the Violets keeping it close. Leading 17-15, senior Remington Shahan notched a kill, followed by two-straight aces to rebuild a five-point lead.

Wiles and Safley each tallied kills in the final points, while Safley and sophomore Evan Flesher recorded a block to help the Saints tie the match with a 25-19 second set.

The teams traded small runs to start the third set to keep the score close, but NYU eventually was able to build a small lead, 13-9.

A kill and block by Safley got the Saints back to within two. Safley led the team in the match with 16 kills and four total blocks.

However, NYU would not relinquish its lead, building a 2-1 lead.

The Saints again responded strongly to take a 10-6 lead in the fourth game. Safley tallied five kills in the opening run, including two-straight to cap the stint.

The Violets fought back on a 14-2 stretch for an eight-point lead and looked to close the match.

Two kills from senior Eric Wiles sparked the Saints on a late push. Kills from Safley and Flesher, followed by a block by Shahan, Safley, and junior Joseph Zanelotti got Marymount back to within four, 22-18.

The late run was not enough, however, as NYU was able to take the final set and the match.

Wiles finished with 10 kills in the match, while Zanelotti tallied 35 assists.

Marymount will continue its road trip on Friday, February 8 at Cairn University to open Continental Volleyball Conference play; the match is set for 7 p.m.