ERIE, Pa. – Calvin Crosby knocked down a game-high 25 kills for a .488 hitting percentage to lead Medaille past Penn State Behrend 3-1 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) action on Wednesday night.
The Mavericks (3-7, 1-0 AMCC) snapped a six-match losing streak and picked up their first AMCC win with a 12-25, 25-19, 25-19 and 25-22 victory. Matt Dempsey added 53 assists and nine digs.
Dillon Hildebrand (Red Lion, PA/Red Lion) led the Lions (1-2, 1-2 AMCC) with 12 kills, while Derek Kuhn (Baden, PA/Ambridge) recorded nine kills on 12 attempts with one error for a game-best .667 hitting percentage.
Behrend took care of business in the first set, forcing 12 errors and making four blocks to go with Tyler Fiely's (Cambridge Springs, PA/Cambridge Springs) two services aces for a 13-point win at 25-12. After Kuhn's kill to start, Hildebrand served the next five points and got three blocks from Munk and help from Kuhn and Tyler Herrmann (Cranberry Township, PA/Seneca Valley).
Fiely's serving gave the Lions a double-digit lead that would not relinquish and Hildebrand finished the set with a kill on a set from Anthony Sprentz (Cranberry Township, PA/Seneca Valley).
Crosby came to life in the second set for Medaille, posting six kills including two in the first seven points to give the Mavericks a 6-1 lead. Medaille never trailed and used two kills from Shawn Barbalato and one from Matt Buss down the stretch to even the match at 1-all.
Crosby continued to lead the Mavericks with the help from Barbalato and Sam Bloomberg on the attack to go ahead 2-1 with a 25-19 set-three win. Crosby tallied seven kills this time and Medaille made a game-high 16 digs in the set.
In the final set, Crosby was flawless with nine kills on 11 attempts to hold off Behrend. No more than there points separated the teams early in the fourth and toward the end it was point for point. At 20-19, each team exchanged kills until Crosby put the Mavericks to match point with his 25th kill and Bloomberg secured the win with his only kill of the set at 25-22.
Calvin Nowicki (Eden, NY/Eden) registered 18 assists and Sprentz added 16 to go with five digs.
The Lions return to action on Saturday against NYU and New Paltz St. The tri-match begins at 10 a.m.