No. 8 Baruch Stuns No. 1 Rivier in Five-Game Thriller

April 4, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The first major upset of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Championship Tournament came in a quarterfinal battle between nationally-ranked No. 3 Rivier College and No. 8 seeded Baruch College on Saturday. Following a back-and-forth battle, the Bearcats emerged with a 30-28, 18-30, 30-27, 25-30, 18-16, victory against the top-seeded Raiders. Baruch (35-9) will continue its run in a semifinal pairing with either Endicott College or Stevens Institute of Technology later in the day. Rivier closed its season with a ledger of 33-2.

Pablo Oliveira paced the Bearcats with 20 kills to go along with eight digs. Gabriel Rivera notched 15 kills, a .355 hitting percentage, and eight digs as Danial Levent posted 15 kills and six blocks. Eryk Kowalski registered 11 blocks, followed by seven from Radu Wyrwas and four by Matt McKee. Wyrwas dished out 52 assists while Levi Rachmanov collected 10 digs.

Jared Andreozzi recorded 32 kills, a .418 hitting performance, and five blocks as Austin Soucy tallied 24 kills, nine digs, five blocks, and two aces. Matt Ferreira totaled 11 kills and five blocks while Zach Hansen compiled 68 assists, 11 digs, and four blocks. Andrew Corwin chipped in 10 digs and four blocks as Scott Wright finished with 12 blocks.