MARCY, N.Y. – In a match that featured two extra-long games, Mount Ida College levelled the score at a set apiece before falling in four games to Elms College, the first of two games on Saturday afternoon as they finished their run at the SUNYIT men's volleyball tournament.
After their 3-1 loss to the Blazers, Mount Ida dropped a 3-0 decision to Bard College to dip to 0-4 on the season.
Match 1: Elms 3, Mount Ida 1
The Mustangs pulled out a 29-27 victory in the second set after Elms eked out a 30-28 win in the opening game of the day. The Blazers finished off the match with 25-14 and 25-15 wins for the 3-1 victory.
James Ames (W. Hartford, Conn.) led the Mustangs with 18 kills while also piling up four of Mount Ida's 12 service aces and freshman Peter Griffenkranz (Deer Park, N.Y.) continued his strong start to his career with 16 kills and a .355 hitting percentage, along with 11 digs and two block assists.
Junior setter Jimmy Wessel (DeKalb, Ill.) piled up 40 assists in the four-set loss.
Elms was paced by nine kills from Daniel Bondarovsky and eight kills from Gabriel Reis levy.
Match 2: Bard 3, Mount Ida 0
Bard swept Mount Ida by scores of 25-21, 25-18 and 26-24.
Griffenkranz and Ames each had 12 kills and a combined 16 digs, with Ames adding one of Mount Ida's two solo blocks. Miranda and sophomore Andrew Shaw (Anaheim, Calif.) led the Mustangs with 12 digs apiece, while Wessel put up 31 more assists.
For Bard, Bernier-Chen had 11 kills and Alex Adams added seven kills (.375). Mahir Sheikhhad 13 assists and Stier had 12 assists and nine digs; freshman Tyler Zowaski led the Raptors with 10 digs.
Mount Ida returns home for another non-conference game at Lesley on Thursday night at 8:00 pm before their home and Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opener on February 3rd against Emerson.