BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mount Ida College is participating at the Clinton Hill Classic men's volleyball tournament to open their 2017 season. Hosted by Saint Joseph's College (Brooklyn), the tournament also includes John Jay College and CCNY.
Game 3, Saturday, January 21st: Mount Ida 3, St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) 0
Mount Ida set a program record with 24 service aces in a sweep of the host Bears by scores of 25-10, 25-7 and 25-2. Peter Griffenkranz (Deer Park, N.Y.) set a new school individual record with 9 aces of his own, while freshman Rob Blanco (Palmdale, Calif.) matched the previous school mark with eight of his own.
Blanco led the Mustangs with six kills, while Gyampo added five kills, as did Carter Amadon (Athol, Mass.) and Tyler Shinkle (W. Deptford, N.J.). Nelson Leadbetter (Athol, Mass.) had a team-high 11 assists.
Mount Ida hit .455 as a team, while the Bears were led by four kills from Thomas Ambrosino, the only St. Joseph player with multiple kills.
Game 2 - Saturday, January 21st: John Jay 3, Mount Ida 2
In a tightly contested, back and forth match, the teams traded sets before John Jay took the final two sets, 26-24 and 15-13 to emerge with the victory.
Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.) racked up 20 kills, and Griffenkranz had 14 kills of his own, while Nate Sprengle (Williamstown, N.J.) put up a career-high 47 assists. Griffenrkaz (17 digs) and Southworth (12 digs) each had a double-double, while Tyler Shinkle (West Deptford, N.J.) was in on four blocks.
Game 1 - Friday, January 20th: Mount Ida 3, CCNY 0
The Mustangs got their season started right with a 3-0 sweep of the Beavers (0-1) by scores of 25-20, 25-20 and 25-18.
Sophomore Nathan Sprengle (Williamstown, N.J.) posted 25 assists for the Mount Ida offense, which hit .286 as a team, sparked by a .500 hitting percentage in the opening set, in which they made just one hitting error on 14 attempts.
CCNY was hampered by a .100 hitting percentage and 15 missed serves, but did see Sebastjano Aga post a game-high 17 kills, a good piece of the 27 assists out of Oleksandr Boychuk.