Union, N.J. (4/14/18) – The Kean University men's volleyball team made it 27 in a row by claiming the Continental Volleyball Conference Championship, avenging their last loss of the season on February 3rd by defeating Marymount University, 3-1.
Ian Capp was selected the Most Valuable Player of the tournament as he finished today's match with 45 assists, three aces and seven total blocks.
The Cougars improve their record to 33-2, adding to the new program standard for wins in a season. Marymount falls to 22-7 on the season. The Saints were led by Sam Safley. Safley was tied for a match-high in kills with 15 along with five digs and three blocks. Safley was also named to the All-Tournament team.
The Saints controlled most of the first set, leading up until the 19th point. Trailing 19-16, the Cougars used a kill from Nick Buseski, blocks from Jared Warner and Nico Mercadante and a Saint error to knot the game at 19-all. Kean would finish the set on a 5-2 run with two kills from Buseski and a kill from Shayron Taylor to rally back to the 25-21 set one decision.
It was the Cougars turn to jump out to a large lead in set two, but Marymount mounted a rally and ironically tied the game up at 19-all. The set would see-saw and the teams would tie again at 22-22 before the Cougars closed things out with a kill from Buseski and an ace from Capp to push ahead 2-0 (25-22).
Set three was a battle with each team possessing the lead often. Marymount held a 24-22 lead but a timeout from Kean led to back-to-back kills from Taylor to force extra time. Tied at 25-all the Saints used a kill from TJ Wiechecki and a Cougar error to force set four (27-25).
Kean led wire-to-wire in the final set and after the first few points led by at least five for the duration (25-15).
Nick Breslin and Steven Zarzycki joined Capp on the all-tournament team. Breslin finished with five digs and two assists on the day. Zarzycki posted a .370 attack percentage with 13 kills as well as four digs and two blocks. Buseski was tied for a match-high 15 kills and added six digs and two blocks.
Wiechecki was also featured on the all-tournament team for the Saints. He had 11 kills and two blocks on the day.
Kean will await the bracket announcement from the NCAA which will be featured on ncaa.com on Monday, April 16th at 10 a.m.
CVC All-Tournament Team
Paul Close, Ramapo
Matt Lasinko, Juniata
William Ragland, Eastern Mennonite
Corey Pieper, Rutgers-Newark
Sam Safley, Marymount
TJ Wiechecki, Marymount
Nick Breslin, Kean
Steven Zarzycki, Kean
Ian Capp, Kean (Most Valuable Player)