Men’s Volleyball Sweeps Two to open 2015

Chris Mooring (right) and the Keuka College men's volleyball team swept Purchase College and Lesley University to kick off the 2015 season Friday night (photo courtesy of Ed Webber, Keuka College Sports Information department).
Chris Mooring (right) and the Keuka College men's volleyball team swept Purchase College and Lesley University to kick off the 2015 season Friday night (photo courtesy of Ed Webber, Keuka College Sports Information department).

The Keuka College men's volleyball team opened the 2015 season with a pair of sweeps at the annual Johnson & Wales University Tip-Off Tournament in Providence, R.I.

Keuka (2-0), in its third year as a program, swept Purchase College by scores of 25-16, 25-21 and 25-18 before disposing of Lesley (Mass.) University by scores of 25-11, 25-8 and 25-12.

"Tonight was a full team effort and we got contributions from every healthy student-athlete," said Ben Guiliano, Keuka's third-year head coach.

"We really executed well in our serve-receive, and we were able to get a side-out whenever we needed it. We had a 68.4 percent side-out rate against Purchase, and 84.8 percent against Lesley. And both Chris Corcoran and Spencer Avery really served well for us."

Against Purchase, freshman Tim Jackson (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) hit .467 and had 10 kills with three errors in 15 attempts, and junior Connor Hinman (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) added nine kills with three errors in 19 attempts (.316 hit percentage).

Hinman added eight digs, while freshman Aaron Brill (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes) had a .353 hitting percentage after compiling eight kills with two errors in 17 attempts.

Brill also had six digs with four aces, while junior Tom Campbell (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) had six kills with 3 digs and 1.5 blocks in the win.

Freshman Chris Corcoran (Big Flats, N.Y./Horseheads) recorded 31 assists and sophomore Cooper Lyon (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) added 13 digs against Purchase.

Taking on Lesley University, Jackson and sophomore Jared Kucko (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) each had six kills, Brill added five kills with five digs and classmate Spencer Avery (Hamburg, N.Y./Frontier) handed out 25 assists in the sweep.

Junior Aaron Rydzynski (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) added seven digs, and junior Luke Ferruzza (Penfield, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) had 3 kills with 3 blocks and 2 aces in the win.

Keuka plays Lasell College at noon and Johnson & Wales at 2 p.m. Saturday on day two of the Tip-Off Tournament.