April 3, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 2 Nazareth College defeated No. 15 Emmanuel College, 30-26, 31-29, 30-20 in the first round of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Championship Tournament on Friday. With the win, the nationally-ranked No. 5 Golden Eagles improved to 26-4 on the year and will take on either Newbury College or Philadelphia Biblical University in quarterfinal action on Saturday. The Saints closed their season with a ledger of 19-13.
The Golden Eagles hit at a clip of .381 with Kelvin Rolle leading the way with a .562 hitting percentage to go along with 10 kills and three blocks. Joe Petzoldt tallied 10 kills, four digs, two aces, and two blocks as Billy Gimello posted a team-high 12 kills and four digs. Frank Leahy totaled 40 assists, four digs, and two blocks while Chris DeHority paced Nazareth with five digs.
Curtis Abram powered Emmanuel with 16 kills, a .393 hitting performance, and two blocks. Michael Townsend chipped in 11 kills, five digs, and four aces as Cameron Todd registered five blocks. Taylor Lowe and Sean O’Connor shared setting duties, finishing with 22 and 12 assists respectively. Jacob DeLuise anchored the defense with five digs as O’Connor added four of his own.