Men's Volleyball: Eagles Sweep Sage To Earn Sunday Split

Zavalza combined for 14 kills on the day for DWC.

Nashua, NH - Ryan Howdeshell (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Richard Iturralde Zavalza (Tucson, Ariz.) registered 10 kills apiece with Howdeshell adding seven service aces leading host Daniel Webster past Sage, 3-0 to earn a split of Sunday action at Mario Vagge Gymnasium.

DWC fell to Endicott in the day's earlier action, 3-0. The Eagles moved to 5-7 overall.

Sage, which fell to Rivier earlier in the day across town at Muldoon Gymnasium, fell to 3-8 overall.

Set scores were 25-19, 25-14, 28-26.

Darrien Mason (Farmington, Conn.) added nine kills for the Eagles in their victory, while Saunoa Afoa (Las Vegas, Nev.) chipped in with six kills and three aces. Nate Makaiwi (Las Vegas) posted 30 assists.

Bailey Cecchi (Agawam, Mass.) led the Gators with a match-high 13 kills and posted nine digs, while Ryan Guyton knocked down 10 kills and hit .409. Chris MacArthur (Hillsdale, N.Y.) chipped in with six kills and Casey Fitzpatrick (Haverhill, Mass.) dished out 29 assists.

DWC hit .287 as a team to .227 for Sage. DWC finished with 38 kills to 36 for the Gators, but did significant damage at the line, racking up 13 aces to two for the Gators.

The Eagles never trailed in the opener and only two in set two.

Sage nearly forced a fourth set, having reached two set points in leading 24-22. But a Gator attack error and Tommy Reyes (Providence, R.I.) ace tied it at 24. The teams tied again at 25 and 26 but Howdeshell finally put DWC in front on his 10th kill for a 27-26 lead and Zavalza closed it out with his 10th for the 28-26 final.


Endicott 3, Daniel Webster 0

In the day's opener, the Gulls extended their mastery of the Eagles all time, improving to 21-0 dating back to 1999. Endicott hit .394 to just .145 for the Eagles and finished with set scores of 25-19, 25-15, 25-23.

Troy Riorden (Fairport, N.Y.) led the Gulls offense with 11 kills and hit .417 while Daniel Toth notched eight kills and hit .727. Jeremey Doski (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Alex Wasik (Milford, Mass.) chipped in with seven kills apiece. Cameron Little (San Diego, Cal.) finished with 29 assists.

Afoa led DWC with 10 kills and both Reyes and Howdeshell added eight kills each with Howdeshell picking up 10 digs. Makaiwi added 28 assists.

The Eagles return to action on Tuesday hosting Regis in the NECC openers for both. First service is slated for 7:00 p.m.

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