#4 Stevens Holds Off #5 NYU

#4 Stevens Holds Off #5 NYU


HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 1, 2017)  – Senior middle hitter Jordan Stuart recorded nine kills on nine attacks and freshman outside hitter David Lehman recorded his first career double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs, and the No. 4 Stevens Institute of Technology men's volleyball team earned a thrilling five-set victory (25-19, 25-14, 22-25, 23-25, 15-8) over No. 5 New York University Wednesday. 

Senior outside hitter Gabe Shankweiler had 17 kills on 30 attacks with just three errors and sophomore outside hitter Dylan DeBoer also had 14 kills for the Ducks, who improved to 14-2 overall.

Freshman Alex Li led all players with 20 kills for the Violets, who fell to 9-4. NYU defeated Stevens in five sets on Feb. 15. 

Volleys and Points

  • The teams began the match by alternative points to 9-9.
  • DeBoer took a quick set from setter Jacob Patterson and converted the attack for a 10-9 lead.
  • The Ducks added a NYU attack error and a Jacob Stillman ace to claim a 12-9 edge.
  • With Stuart at the serve, back-to-back errors gave Stevens an 18-13 advantage.
  • NYU rallied on three straight kills, to pull within 18-16.
  • Junior Thomas Burrell scored a kill and combined with Lehman to block am Andrew Zhu attack to give the Ducks a 21-16 lead.
  • DeBoer added another kill and Stillman added an ace to close the set.
  • In the second set, the Ducks jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a Lehman kill and 2 NYU errors.
  • Stevens opened a six-point lead (9-3) after a Shankweiler kill.
  • NYU would not draw any closer during the second. Stevens closed the set on an Alex Li service error.
  • NYU seized control of the third set at 8-6, following a pair of Li kills and a Neil Ferraro ace.
  • Stevens rallied with five straight points to tie the set at 19. Burrell collected two blocks and Lehman totaled two kills to draw the set even.
  • A pair of kills from Li and Evan Lindley opened a two-point lead for NYU. 
  • Ferraro's third kill of the set sent the teams onto a fourth set.
  • In set four, the teams alternated one-point leads until NYU went up two at 10-8.
  • Patterson, Shankweiler and Burrell notched kills to pull the Ducks to within one.
  • NYU kept Stevens at arm's length before earning a 25-23 victory to force a fifth set.
  • Burrell connected on an attack to score the first point of the final set.
  • DeBoer returned the serve to Stevens at 2-1. Head coach Patrick Dorywalski then rolled the dice by calling on freshman Grant Burden for his first action of the match.
  • Burden was on the serve for four straight points, recording three digs to keep rallies alive.
  • After NYU pulled to within 7-4, the Ducks took advantage of miscues by NYU to open am 11-6 lead.
  • After a NYU timeout, back-to-back Violet errors opened a 13-7 lead for Stevens. 
  • A big swing by Lehman opened a 14-8 lead for the Ducks, leading to Burden's opportunity to end the game.

Match Point

  • A DeBoer kill off a Patterson set closed out the match.

Inside the Numbers

  • The Ducks tallied 17 kills on 23 attacks with only one error in the second set.
  • Stevens forced NYU into a negative attack percentage in the final set.
  • The Ducks controlled the net, recording 14 blocks against just three for the Violets.
  • Thomas Burrell recorded a season-high 10 blocks (1 solo and nine assists).
  • Freshman Grant Burden made his first appearance of the game in the crucial fifth set and was at the serve for four consecutive points as Stevens broke open the final set.

[Assistant Coach Amable] Martinez's Musings

  • "I think both teams are extremely talented. It was just back and forth and I thought we would have gained some momentum after we won the first two sets, but we dropped our play a little bit, but we picked it up again at the right time."
  • "It was a little deja vu. We talked about it - how that first loss [to NYU] was a learning experience and I think in that fifth set, we implemented some of those tools we learned from that last match, and came out firing in that final set."
  • "Our serve was great. We were more aggressive and we were making them make mistakes instead of them pressuring us and we make the mistakes."
  • "I think [Burden's serving] changed the game. Not only did he come in and serve, but he came up with some big digs while he was serving that helped to create points for us."
  • "One thing we've been working on with our setter is to make sure that we are distributing the ball all the way around. Not only did our pins do a good job [tonight], but our middles were excellent, and that sets up our pins to get better looks, one-on-one looks, so that's extremely important and a big part of our game."
  • "Thomas [Burrell] was amazing. He's so explosive and he's been working on his hands and [improving] his hand placement. It's been working out and tonight he showed it."

Up Next

  • The Ducks hit the road for 11 straight matches, beginning with a non-conference matchup with Stevenson University Friday.
  • Live stats and video links are available at StevensDucks.com.