No. 3 Men’s Volleyball Rallies for 3-1 Win Over Daniel Webster

NASHUA, N.H. – The No. 3 State University of New York at New Paltz men's volleyball team rallied in the second set to grab a 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-19) victory over host Daniel Webster College on Friday evening.

The Hawks move to 3-2 and will play in back-to-back matches against host Rivier College and Mount Ida College tomorrow at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., respectively. Daniel Webster drops to 1-2 and will also compete tomorrow against Mount Ida and Rivier at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

New Paltz tallied a .354 hitting percentage (53-18-99) for the night while Daniel Webster hit .109 (31-21-92) percent. The Hawks finished with 53 kills, 49 assists and 31 digs while the Eagles held an advantage in total blocks (eight) and service aces (13)
 
Leading the attack was junior opposite Jake Roessler (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) who registered 15 kills, hitting .583 percent (15-1-24). Junior opposite Joe Norman (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) added to New Paltz's efforts with nine kills. Senior setter Christian Smith (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) tallied 21 assists and six digs for the Hawks while freshman setter/opposite Nick Smith (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) dished out 20 assists of his own.
 
Ryan Howdeshell collected 12 kills for the Eagles while Nate Makaiwi notched 28 assists.
 
Daniel Webster held the Hawks to a .286 hitting percentage in the first set. New Paltz earned a 12-8 tally halfway through the opening set but the Eagles would quickly tie up the score before pushing forward with a 15-13 advantage. Daniel Webster continued to extend its lead, eventually capitalizing on a New Paltz attack error to win the opener.
 
New Paltz was hot out of the gates in the second set, collecting the first points for a 10-5 margin but several errors in the middle of the set would cost the Hawks and place the Eagles ahead, 11-10. Daniel Webster wouldn't have the lead for long as senior middle blocker Christopher Husmann (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and sophomore middle blocker/outside hitter Ryan Cole (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East) each notched a kill to push the Hawks back on top.
 
Despite the Eagles' best efforts to reclaim the lead, the Hawks earned a .696 hitting percentage (18-2-23) to take the second set.
 
The third set saw the Hawks capitalized on several Daniel Webster errors to grab a commanding 17-10 cushion. Continuous high-energy offense from New Paltz would send the Hawks ahead, 24-13, before claiming the 25-15 victory on a Daniel Webster service error. 

Although Daniel Webster grabbed an early 7-4 lead in the final set, Christian Smith fired off seven points from the line to push the Hawks ahead. New Paltz refused to relinquish its lead and took home the match victory.