No. 4 Stevens Defeats No. 8 Baruch, 3-1, to Advance to NECVA Championship

April 4, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 4 seed and nationally-ranked No. 6 Stevens Institute of Technology registered a 30-22, 30-15, 26-30, 30-24 victory over No.8 seed Baruch College to advance to the final of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Championship Tournament. The Ducks (24-6) will take on No. 2 seed and nationally-ranked No. 5 Nazareth College in Sunday’s title match.

Stevens showcased a solid hitting performance, registering a team mark of .349. Joe Trinsey tallied 19 kills, a .444 hitting percentage, 11 digs, and three blocks as Andrew Cranford notched 18 kills and four blocks. SteFan PremDas posted 12 kills, a .529 hitting effort, 11 digs, five aces, and three blocks while Tomas Bochicchio added 13 kills. Brandt Grobeis totaled 59 assists as Doug Reger chipped in five blocks.

Danial Levent powered Baruch (35-10) with 21 kills, a .422 hitting percentage, eight digs, and four blocks. Pablo Oliveira compiled 14 kills, a .357 hitting performance, and nine digs as Gabriel Rivera registered a team-high 12 digs. Defensively, Levi Rachmanov totaled 11 digs while Eryk Kowalski chipped in three blocks. Radu Wyrwas dished out 42 assists for the Bearcats.