JAMAICA, N.Y. – Powered by a team-best eight kills from freshmen Derek Nipps (Turnersville, N.J.) and J.J. Podczasy (Macungie, Pa.), the Wells College men's volleyball team posted a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays of the Polytechnic Institute of New York Saturday afternoon at the York College Invitational. With the victory, the Express improve to 8-7 overall on the season, their best record in program history. Following the defeat, the Blue Jays fall to 6-11 overall on the season.
The Express jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before yielding a 25-23 set to the designated host Blue Jays. Cumulatively, the Express won in four sets by scores of 25-15, 25-11, 23-25 and 25-14. Wells outhit the Blue Jays with a .211 hitting percentage, registering seven kills and three errors in 19 total attacks. NYU Poly converted six kills, but made six errors in the process.
Wells turned up the heat in thes econd set, hitting a combined .389 after making only three errors on 18 total attack chances. The Blue Jays took advantage of 10 errors by the Express in the third set, capturing a 25-23 decision before falling in the decisive fourth set and making six errors en route to the loss.
Nipps and Podczasy each posted eight kills apiece and only five combined errors between the two underclassmen while Nipps added three service aces to lead the team in that category. Junior setter C.J. Bayly (Waymart, Pa.) posted seven kills of his own while setting up 12 assists. He also chipped in two service aces. Defensively, freshman John Farruggia (Mt. Markham, N.Y.) tied classmate Tyler Wiley (York, Pa.) with eight digs apiece. 13 assists by Nipps led the team in that category.
For Polytechnic, Rild Kroqi led the team with 12 of his team's 26 kills. Rishi Sarkar set up 21 of his team's 26 kills while four different players registered three digs. The Blue Jays out-blocked the Express, 14-to-13 and made 14 service errors in the loss.
The Express return to action Saturday, Feb. 9 as they face-off against New Jersey City University in a 9:00 a.m. contest to continue play in the York College Invitational. Stay up to date with the latest news directly from the Wells College athletic department by "liking" us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WellsExpress) and subscribing to our Twitter account (http://www.twitter.com/WellsExpress).
April 30, 2013 Wells Student-Athletes Honored At Athletics Awards Ceremony
April 11, 2013 Nipps, Podczasy Draw NEAC Second Team All-Conference Honors
April 6, 2013 Men's Volleyball Swept In Season-Ending Matches
March 30, 2013 Men’s Volleyball Stifled By Hilbert, Keuka
March 23, 2013 Men’s Volleyball Competes At Purple & Gold Invitational
March 19, 2013 Men’s Volleyball Defeated In NEAC Contest At Keuka
March 11, 2013 Hernon Tabbed As Defensive Student-Athlete Of The Week
March 8, 2013 Men’s Volleyball Powers Past Polytechnic (N.Y.), 3-1
March 3, 2013 Men’s Volleyball Drops Two To Conclude Tournament
March 3, 2013 Men’s Volleyball Secures Doubleheader Sweep
February 22, 2013 Men’s Volleyball Splits In Wells College Invitational Opener
February 21, 2013 Men's Volleyball To Host "Wells College Invitational"
February 11, 2013 Farruggia Feted By North Eastern Athletic Conference
February 11, 2013 Nipps Draws North Eastern Athletic Conference Award
February 9, 2013 Men’s Volleyball Earns Fourth-Straight Victory With DH Sweep
February 8, 2013 Men’s Volleyball Enters Sophomore Season With Playoff Aspirations
February 7, 2013 Men’s Volleyball To Attempt “Bump World Record”
February 4, 2013 Nipps Earns Program’s First NEAC Weekly Award
February 2, 2013 Men’s Volleyball Earns First-Ever Doubleheader Sweep
January 31, 2013 30 Student-Athletes Earn Placement On Wells College Dean’s List
January 26, 2013 Men’s Volleyball Set Back To Conclude SUNYIT Invitational
January 25, 2013 Men’s Volleyball Swept In Season Opening Doubleheader
December 20, 2012 NEAC To Sponsor Men's Volleyball In 2013