Men's Volleyball: Eagles Hang With #3 New Paltz, But Fall In Home Opener, 3-1

Saunoa Afoa attacks for one of his five kills during the second set of Friday's home opener for the Eagles against #3 New Paltz State.

Nashua - Host Daniel Webster opened the home portion of its 2016 campaign dropping a spirited 3-1 decision to third-ranked New Paltz State at Mario Vagge Gymnasium Friday evening. The Hawks prevailed with set scores of 20-25, 25-20, 25-15 and 25-19.

New Paltz, which was a NCAA final four participant in last year's championship tournament, improved to 3-2 overall while Daniel Webster slipped to 1-2 with both losses to nationally ranked programs.

Jake Roessler (Massapequa, N.Y.) led the Hawks with a match-high 15 kills and hit .583 while Joe Norman (Bay Shore, NY) knocked down nine and both Chris Husmann (Massapequa) and Ryan Cole (Holbrook, N.Y.) added seven apiece.

Christian Smith (Massapequa) posted 21 assists while Nick Smith racked up 20. Steven Woessner (Massapequa) chipped in with five kills and five total blocks.

Ryan Howdeshell (Fairbanks, Alaska) led the Eagles with 12 kills and five service aces. Richard Iturralde Zuvalza (Tucson, Ariz.) added six kills and Saunoa Afoa (Las Vegas, Nev.) chipped in with five. Nate Makaiwi (Las Vegas) dished out 28 assists and Darrien Mason (Farmington, Conn.) posted four total blocks.

The teams continue action tomorrow on the campus of Rivier. New Paltz and the host Raiders table in the first of four matches at 10:00 a.m. followed by New Paltz-Mount Ida at Noon.

DWC faces Mount Ida at 2:00 p.m. and takes on Rivier at 4:00 p.m. All times after 10:00 a.m. are approximate.

New Paltz hit .354 on the night while DWC hit .109 and the Hawks finished with advantages in total kills (53-31), assists (49-29), and digs (31-24) while DWC finished with advantages in aces (13-7) and total blocks (12-10).

DWC hit its best of the night in the two openers (.300) with Zavalza registering three kills in set one and both Afoa and Howdeshell knocking down three in the second. Howdeshell would add four in the fourth.

Roessler did his damage with six kills in the opener with Cole and Norman knocking down five each in the second. Roessler went back to work knocking down five in the third and Woessner posted four in the fourth.

DWC never trailed after 17-16 in the first set taking the lead for good with a 4-1 run behind a pair of aces from Reyes.

New Paltz took control of the second at trailing only once (10-11) and closed the set on a 6-2 run ending on a Cole kill and trailed only once in the third on the opening point.

DWC led early (7-4) in the fourth, but seven straight points at the line from Christian Smith later turned a 10-9 deficit into a 16-10 lead and the Hawks never looked back.

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