Mount Ida College Athletics

Mustangs Downed in Home Non-Conference Tri-Match

Mustangs Downed in Home Non-Conference Tri-Match

NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida dropped a pair of non-conference matches at their first home tri-match of the year on Saturday afternoon, falling 3-0 to both Vassar and Newbury in men's volleyball action at Mount Ida Athletic Center.

Mount Ida (1-6) will continue their home stand next Wednesday at 6:00 pm when Sage comes to town for the two team's second meeting of the young season.

Game One: Newbury 3, Mount Ida 0

The Nighthawks picked up their second win of the season with three tight set wins (25-21, 25-23, and 25-21).

James Ames (W. Hartford, Conn.) put up nine kills to lead the Mustangs, and Jimmy Wessel (DeKalb, Ill.) and Michael McCullough (Southborough, Mass.) put up 11 assists apiece, but Mount Ida was victimized by 12 blocks from the Nighthawks.

The tandem of Luis Aranda (Boyle Heights, Calif.) and Khalil Paige (Baltimore, Md.) were in on seven blocks total, with Paige adding eight kills to compliment teammate Wade Robidoux (Agawam, Mass.), who led all players with 11 kills.

Aranda paced the Newbury offense with 27 assists and had a game-high six digs, a number McCullough matched for the Mustangs.

Freshman Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.) had seven kills for Mount Ida, while Wessel had two of the Mustang's four service aces.

Game Three: Vassar 3, Mount Ida 0

The Brewers swept the Mustangs by hitting over .500 in each of the three sets, winning 25-10, 25-15, and 25-16.

Ames tallied seven points to again pace Mount Ida, while junior Peter Griffenkranz (Deer Park, N.Y.) added six kills and two service aces. First year Nate Gyampo (Providence, R.I.) notched four kills and McCullough and Wessel again split duties and served up 23 assists evenly.

Vassar made just four errors all day and combined for 37 kills for a total hitting percentage of .541 for the match. Reno Kriz (Breinigsville, Pa.) led the way with 10 kills in the victory, and Brian Manley (Buffalo, N.Y.) added seven kills and five digs, along with assisting on three blocks.

The Brewers also ran a two-setter offense, getting 18 assists from Daniel Halberg (Newark, Del.) and 12 from Zechariah Lee (Santa Clarita, Calif.).

Game Two: Vassar 3, Newbury 0

In the neutral site game, Vassar (8-1) handled Newbury 3-0 thanks to the twin attack of Matthew Knigge (New Egypt, N.J.) and Kriz, who posted 10 kills apiece, and the five service aces of Lee, who also had 18 assists in the two-setter offense of the Brewers, who cruised to the three-set victory with 25-19, 25-12, and 25-20 scores.

Newbury (2-6) was paced by seven kills from Xavier Brown-Rose (Wilbraham, Mass.), who also contributed five digs, as well as a game-high 13 digs from Zach Kaufman (Newton, Mass.), playing in his hometown.

Aranda notched a block and a half while posting 15 assists in the loss for the Nighthawks.

 Knigge was in on three solo blocks and four assists, while Diehl added four service aces and Trey Cimorelli (Orchard Park, N.Y.) led the squad with nine assists on the defensive end.