Men’s Volleyball Rallies Past NYU-Poly

Freshman Brandon Mitu had a career-high 47 assists as the Keuka College men's volleyball team defeated NYU-Polytechnic in four sets Friday night (photo courtesy of Taylor Smith, Keuka College Sports Information Department).
Freshman Brandon Mitu had a career-high 47 assists as the Keuka College men's volleyball team defeated NYU-Polytechnic in four sets Friday night (photo courtesy of Taylor Smith, Keuka College Sports Information Department).

Three different student-athletes recorded 10 or more kills as the Keuka College men's volleyball rallied past NYU-Polytechnic for a four-set win on day one of the second Keuka Invitational Friday night inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.

Senior Devin Lesch (San Diego, Calif./El Cajon Valley) recorded 14 kills with 7 blocks and 6 digs, sophomore Tom Campbell (Penfield, NY/Penfield) added 13 kills with five digs while classmate Connor Hinman (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) tallied 12 kills with 6 digs and 3 blocks to power the Storm (7-12).

The Storm dropped the first set, 25-21, before winning the next three by scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 25-22.

Lesch hit .545 after compiling two errors in 22 attempts, and set a career-high for kills in a match while Hinman hit .364 with four errors in 22 attempts. Campbell, who set a season-high for kills in a match, hit .205 with five errors in 39 attempts as the Green and Gold hit .259 as a team (22 errors in 139 attempts).

Junior Ryan Kelly (Clifton Springs, NY/Midlakes) added 9 kills with 4 digs and 3 service aces and freshman Brandon Mitu (Richmond, B.C./A.R. MacNeill) had a career-high 47 assists to go with four blocks for Keuka.

Sophomore Josh Makin (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) added a season-most 16 digs while freshman Derek Hosken (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) had 6 kills with 4 blocks and 3 aces for the Storm.

Tied at 17 in the second set, Lesch had a solo block and Hosken added back-to-back kills as the Storm took a 22-18 lead. Kelly and Lesch each added back-to-back kills to close out the set.

Keuka jumped out to a 5-3 lead in the third set and never trailed in taking a two sets to one lead over the Blue Jays (4-15).

Campbell boomed in an ace to stake the Storm to a 9-5 lead in the fourth set. Tied at 13, the Storm went on a 9-5 run and led 22-18 before closing out the Blue Jays to improve to 3-1 in home matches in 2014.

On day two of the Keuka Invitational, the Storm take on the Community College of Rhode Island in an exhibition at 11 a.m., followed by a clash with the Hilbert College Hawks at 3 p.m. Saturday.