Nazareth sweeps Keuka in home opener

Nazareth opened the home portion of its men’s volleyball schedule by sweeping Keuka in three sets in a non-conference match Wednesday night at Kidera Gymnasium.  The Golden Flyers won by scores of 25-17, 25-20, 25-23.

Nazareth, ranked fifth nationally, improved to 7-1 overall. Keuka falls to 3-2.

Tim Zyburt led Nazareth with eight kills and five digs on the day. Grant Levermore added seven kills, Coulton Every had six and Zachary Gillard had five. Jake Kemp finished with 33 assists. Keuka’s Connor Hinman had a match-high of 14 kills.

In the first set, Levermore had all seven of his kills off of 10 attempts. Josh Hieb and Zyburt each had three kills. Kemp dished out 10 assists.  The Golden Flyers registered 15 kills overall in the set, with just one hitting error for a .538 percentage.

In the second set, Every had three kills and three blocks. Keuka led 10-8 early in the second set before Nazareth rallied. Nazareth was up 22-20 and went on to score the next three points off of two attack errors and a ball handling error.

Nazareth was off to a slower start in the third set. Trailing 16-15, Nazareth went on to score five straight points to regain the lead. The score remained fairly even for the rest of the match. Keuka tied it up 23-23 before the Golden Flyers went on to score the two final points on kills by Zyburt and Mahan.

Nazareth hit .378 for the match (41-10-82).

 

Nazareth was back in action as they hosted The Golden Flyer Invitational this weekend and won all four of the games. On Friday (2/5/16) the Golden Flyers swept the Hilbert Hawks in three sets (25-16, 25-9, 25-18). Shortly after, they defeated D’Youville (25-16, 25-9, 25-18). On Saturday (2/6/16) the Golden Flyers continued their sweep. They conquered Johnson & Wales easily in three sets and had a close victory over Medaille in five sets to tally Nazareth’s fourth win for the weekend. Senior’s Tim Zyburt and Grant Levermore and junior setter, Jake Kemp were selected for the All-Tournament team. Zyburt was named the tournament MVP for the weekend.

Nazareth is now 11-1 overall. The Golden Flyers will play at home again next weekend (2/14/16) against Stevens and New Paltz at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Come out and support!

 

Words by Carlyne Gates.

Photo from Nazareth College Athletics. 

This article originally appeared on Nazareth College’s Athletic page

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