The New York University men's volleyball team closed out the regular season by knocking off Division I Rutgers-Newark in four sets on Tuesday, April 12, at the Coles Sports Center in Manhattan.
The Violets (19-8), currently ranked #2 in the AVCA Division III Top 15 Coaches Poll hit .316 as a team and held an 11-4 blocking advantage in the 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-20, 25-20) win over the Scarlet Raiders (15-11).
"It was a great way for the seniors to finish their careers at home," said head coach Jose Pina. "It was an important win because it gives the guys momentum going forward and allows them to keep feeling good about themselves as we head into the EIVA playoffs."
Leading NYU on offense was Pat Dodd, who tallied 11 kills and hit .273. On the defensive side of the ball, the junior led the team with five blocks, including two solos, while also picking up four digs.
Also with 11 kills on the outside was Taylor Fauntleroy, who finished with a team-leading 387 kills during the regular season. On defense, Fauntleroy tallied a team-high seven digs while also adding a solo block.
In the middle, senior Fran Hodgson had 10 kills and hit a team-best .533 while also putting back four blocks on defense.
Along the back line, libero Jay Hayes also totaled seven digs to lead the team.
For the Scarlet Raiders, Austin Pappas notched 20 kills and hit .424, while Marcin Midura and Zack Chambers both added seven digs.
The Violets return to action on Saturday, April 23, when they travel to Fairfax, VA, as to take on second-seeded George Mason University in the quarterfinals of the EIVA Conference Championship. First serve is set for 7:00 pm.