Mount Ida College Athletics

Mustangs Open Men's Volleyball Slate at Granite State Challenge

Mustangs Open Men's Volleyball Slate at Granite State Challenge
NASHUA, N.H. -- Mount Ida College opened their 2016 men's volleyball tournament as participants at the Granite State Challenge, an NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball playdate featuring some of the best programs that the sport has to offer. The Mustangs faced SUNY New Paltz, ranked #3 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Pre-Season poll, and local visitors from Daniel Webster, falling in both of their matches despite taking their first set against the Eagles.

Game One: #3 New Paltz State University 3, Mount Ida College 0 (Final)

The Hawks (5-2) remained red hot as they carried the momentum over and swept Mount Ida in three straight sets by scores of 25-9, 25-17 and 25-14.

Mount Ida senior Jimmy Wessel (DeKalb, Ill.) dished out 10 assists and junior Peter Griffenkranz (Deer Park, N.Y.) laced down four kills in the loss. Seniors Dennis Miranda(Havana, Cuba) and James Ames (West Hartford, Conn.) each had four digs to lead the defensive effort.

Junior Joe Norman (Bay Shore, N.Y.) was the force behind the Hawks offense as he totaled 16 service attempts with three aces, nine kills and three total blocks. Norman finished the contest with an impressive .750 hitting percentage and four digs. Mitchell Kennedy dished out 23 assists in New Paltz's second consecutive win over a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) school.

Game Two: Daniel Webster College 3, Mount Ida College 1 (Final)

24 assists and freshman Saunoa Afoa (Las Vegas, Nev.) added 10 digs to help the back line. The Mustangs (0-2 overall) saw Ames and Griffenkranz reach double figures with 12 and 10 kills, respectively, and Wessel register 37 assists as the team began its first day of competition in 2016. Senior Michael McCullough (Southborough, Mass.) was the defensive star with 12 digs in the contest.

Following a four set defeat to #3 New Paltz State last night, the Eagles were victorious in their first contest of the day as they took a four set victory from Mount Ida by scores of 25-19, 19-25, 27-25 and 25-15. Senior Ryan Howdeshell (Fairbanks, Ala.) knocked home 10 kills with 12 digs and Darrien Mason smacked down 9 kills in leading Daniel Webster to their second win (2-2 overall). Freshman Nate Makaiwi (Las Vegas, Nev.) directed the offense with 24 assists and freshman Saunoa Afoa (Las Vegas, Nev.) added 10 digs to help the back line.

Mount Ida will be off until January 31st when they travel to Sage for a tri-match with the hosts and Lehman College.