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Lynx take down Blazers 3-0

Lynx take down Blazers 3-0

Story courtesy of Rob Palardy, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Lesley University men's volleyball team accomplished a little bit of history on Tuesday evening with a 3-0 (30-13, 32-30, 32-30) victory over Elms College in New England Collegiate Conference.

The win marked the first time the Lynx defeated a team other than Southern Vermont College in four years of the Lesley University men's volleyball program.

Lesley was dominant at the beginning of the first set by taking the first 11 points of the match. The Lynx took advantage of five attacking errors by the Blazers and got solid service from Mike Jack (BUENOS AIRES, Argentina/St. George's) who recorded two aces during the opening stretch run. Elms climbed their way back into the first set and trimmed the Lesley lead down to six points at 16-10. Lesley, however, rebounded to put home 14 of the next 17 points to take the first set 30-13 in convincing fashion.

The second set featured solid play from Elms' Yonalvy Acosta (HOLYOKE, Mass./Holyoke) and Stephen Cameron (NEWINGTON, Conn./Newington) who had five and four kills, respectively. For the match, Cameron tied for a match-high 11 kills while Acosta had 10 kills total. Lesley reached set point at 29-25 but four straight points by Elms forced a win-by-two situation. Kills by Scott Wheeler (EAST HAMPTON, Conn./East Hampton) and Nick Assad (ANDOVER, Mass./Andover) helped the Lynx reach a set-winning kill by Christian Domingo (LOS ANGELES, Calif./College of the Canyons) at 32-30.

The third set was also forced to go into extra points but two attack errors by the Blazers sealed a 32-30 loss in the set and the match. Assad and Wheeler each had four kills in the set and finished with 11 and 10 kills apiece.

Lesley's Stephen Siragusa (VALLEY STREAM, N.Y./Valley Stream) dished out 28 assists in the match while Matt Sullivan (WORCESTER, Mass./St. John's Shrewsbury) led the team in digs with nine.

Blazers setter Mike Martin (ENFIELD, Conn./Enrico Fermi) had a match-high 32 assists. Along with Acosta and Cameron, Mike Kleckner (BETHLEHEM, Pa./Freedom) also recorded double-digit kills with 10.

Lesley will be back in action on Friday, February 12 with a road game at Emerson College while Elms will wait until Saturday, February 13 for a rematch with the Lynx.