Men's Volleyball: Eagles Drop First NECC Contest With Loss At Endicott

Courtesy Endicott Athletics

BEVERLY, Mass. – The Endicott men's volleyball team used a balanced offensive effort to defeat Daniel Webster, 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-18), on Thursday night inside MacDonald Gymnasium. Endicott hit .368 as a team and also saw five student-athletes record five or more kills in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) win over the Eagles.

Gulls' senior John Osborne (Freehold, N.J.) tied for the match-high in kills with nine to go along with eight digs, two service aces, and a perfect 11-for-11 showing on serve-receive. Daniel Toth (Glenwood, N.J.) contributed eight kills on 12 swings for a .583 hitting percentage, while Troy Riorden (Fairport, N.Y.), Seth Braquet (Destrehan, La.), and Tyler Willgoos (Newington, Conn.) aided the attack with five kills apiece.

Cameron Little (San Diego, Calif.) ran the offense for two sets, accumulating 20 assists on 39 attempts (.513 percentage), and Devin Racey (Voorhoeesville, N.Y.) closed out the final set with 12 assists.

Richmond Iturralde Zavalza (Tucson, Ariz.) guided Daniel Webster's attack with nine kills on 14 swings (.643 hitting percentage). Ryan Howdeshell (Fairbanks, Alaska) added seven kills, while Suanoa Afoa (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Darrien Mason (Farmington, Conn.) chipped in with five kills each. Tommy Reyes (Providence, R.I.) rounded out the offense with four kills. Reyes went 20-for-21 on serve-receive (.952 percentage) and also had six digs.

Nate Makaiwi (Las Vegas, Nev.) dished out 23 assists and registered a match-high nine digs in the loss.
Tied 18-18 in the first set, Toth rattled off back-to-back service aces to give the Gulls their first lead (20-18) of the match after Endicott tied the score five times and also brought the set within a one-point differential on 13 separate occasions.

Following the two service aces, an attack error by the Eagles and a kill from Osborne pushed the gap to 22-18 before Daniel Webster called a timeout to halt momentum. The Eagles received a putaway from Mason directly out of the timeout, but both teams traded the rest of the way for eventual 25-22 victory for Endicott.

Set two only featured three tied scores and one lead change as Little broke open a 9-9 matchup by holding serve for eight straight points to give the Gulls a 17-9 gap on the scoreboard. Toth spearheaded the remainder of the set for Endicott by compiling two kills and a service ace to earn the 25-13 win.

The Gulls went on to put the match away in set three behind a set-high 17 kills, which was highlighted by four putaways from Jacob Newman (Chester, N.H.).

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