Riverdale, N.Y. – The College of Mount Saint Vincent Men’s Volleyball team dropped a hard fought five set match to cross-town rival Lehman on Friday night by scores of 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25 and 13-15. The Dolphins were led by David Guerrero (East Meadow, N.Y.) who posted 30 kills and Chris Bacchi (Hicksville, N.Y.) led six Dolphins with at least 10 digs with a career-high 26.
After dropping the first set on Friday and falling behind by as many as three points in the second set, Mount Saint Vincent rallied to win the second and third frames to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Lehman answered back in the fourth and jumped out 16-8 lead before squaring the match with a five point victory.
The Lightning picked right up in the fifth set and opened a 13-8 lead, before the Mount rallied to cut its deficit to one point at 14-13. Bacchi finished off a kill to bring the Dolphins to within that one point, but Lehman’s Luis Colon secured the win right after that with a kill of his own.
Guerrero finished the night just one kill shy of a career-high and hit .217 for the match. He also lifted 16 digs for the Dolphins and recorded one service ace. Friday’s match marked the first time this season that Guerrero has posted at least 20 kills in a match.
Bacchi continued his strong junior season with a double-double after finishing off 15 kills and registering his career-high dig total. Bacchi also finished with a service ace and a total block for the Mount.
Junior Mark Sargente (Hauppauge, N.Y.) posted a career-best 18 digs on the night for the Dolphins and also chipped in with four block assists and six kills. Michael Sin (Hicksville, N.Y.) also had a solid night with five winners, 14 digs and three total blocks.
Senior setter Michael Quinn (Wantagh, N.Y.) led all players in the match with 49 assists and collected a double-double on the night with 11 digs. He also hit .667 for the match after finishing off six kills in nine attacks. Classmate A.J. Cataldi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also contributed 10 digs and a kill.
Lehman had a balanced offensive attack on Friday night that saw Colon lead three players with at least 10 kills with his team-high 15. Colon also lifted 21 digs for the Lightning and posted two aces. Miguel Gallardo posted 33 of Lehman’s 57 assists in the match and also had nine kills, while Nate Martin led the way with 23 digs.
Overall in the match, Mount Saint Vincent hit .186 as a team and totaled 63 kills. The Dolphins lifted 95 digs in the match, while Lehman finished with a slight edge in blocks at 6-5.
The loss drops Mount Saint Vincent to 5-2 overall on the season. The Dolphins will be back in action again on Wednesday night when they travel to Ramapo. The match with the Roadrunners is set for 7:00 p.m.