March 31, 2012

NYU Wins on Senior Day

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The fifth-ranked New York University men's volleyball team (20-6) dominated crosstown rival NYU-Poly (9-14) in straight-sets (25-18, 25-18, 25-18) during its annual Family Day match on Saturday, March 31, at the Coles Sports Center. Seniors Pat Dodd, Luke Hamlet and Jay Hayes were honored before the match.
Captain Pat Dodd has been one of the Violets' most consistent performers during his four year-career at NYU.  The outside hitter has surpassed 200 kills in each of the last three seasons. In addition, Dodd is one of the strongest servers in school history, as he currently ranks fifth all-time at NYU and first in the rally-scoring era with 114 career aces.   
Luke Hamlet has recorded 276 career blocks, the fourth-highest total in school history in the rally-scoring era. Hamlet has been second on the team in blocks in each of his four seasons as a Violet. Earlier this season, he was named AVCA Division III National Player of the Week.
Captain Jay Hayes has been a model student-athlete on and off the court in his four years at NYU.  A three-year team captain, the libero is the Violets' all-time leader with 755 digs in the rally-scoring era.  His 22 digs in a match earlier this season vs. MIT is also a team record. 
Hayes posted his eighth double-digit dig performance of the season.  He also added two assists to go along with his match-high 10 digs. Dodd also impressed, recording a match-high 13 kills on 17 attempts with just one error, giving himself a season-high .706 attack percentage. 
Playing without three starters, reserve players such as Dan Huang, Karl Johnson and Parker Kolodka filled in when needed. Huang and Johnson shared time at setter as Huang notched 12 assists and Johnson doled out 15. Both setters served at a perfect 1.000 percent for the match, with Huang recording one service ace on seven service attempts and Johnson nailing down two aces on 17 attempts. Parker Kolodka also played exceptionally well, recording six kills, four digs and one service ace.
Knowing that many families were in attendance, head coach Jose Pina was able to get every member of his team some playing time.
“Our goal today, like always, was to get the win and we accomplished that,” said Pina. “The fact that I was able to get everyone some playing time was an added bonus.”
The Violets' next match is on Tuesday, April 3, when they travel uptown to face fifteenth-ranked Baruch College.  First serve is set for 7:00 pm.

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