No. 1 Rivier Holds off No. 16 Hunter in NECVA Tournament Opener

April 3, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Nationally-ranked No. 3 and top-seeded Rivier College defeated No. 16 seeded Hunter College, 30-24, 30-22, 30-28, in the first round of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Championship Tournament on Friday. With the win, the Raiders improved to 33-1 on the year and will take on either Baruch College or Medaille College in quarterfinal action on Saturday. The Hawks closed their season with a ledger of 23-16.

Wojciech Jakubiak paced Hunter with 13 kills and 10 digs as Jerin Kallickal tallied 10 kills, a .412 hitting percentage, eight digs, and two blocks. Shandu Foster notched 10 kills and two blocks while Zacarias Ripoll distributed 40 assists.

Rivier registered a .351 team hitting percentage to go along with a balanced attack. Matt Ferreira led the way with 13 kills, a .522 hitting performance, and five blocks as Scott Wright posted 12 kills, a .562 percentage, two aces, and two blocks. Austin Soucy contributed 10 kills and two aces while Andrew Corwin anchored the defense with eight digs. Zach Hansen finished the day with 39 assists and three blocks.