MOC volleyball wins pair
By MOC Sports Information
Published in Sports on March 12, 2012 1:50 PM
MOC Sports Information
JAMAICA, N.Y. -- Senior setter Jackson Metichecchia claimed Most Valuable Player honors and Mount Olive College swept the competition during the eighth annual York (NY) College Men's Volleyball Invitational.
The Trojans (12-12 overall) defeated all four opponents in three sets and seized its second Invitational championship in its last three appearances in the two-day event.
Metichechhia dished out a game-high 36 assists in a 25-15, 25-11, 25-16 triumph over York. Fellow all-tournament selection Adam Miracle, a junior outside hitter, provided 10 kills and six digs. Alex Rivero contributed 11 kills.
Sophomore setter Ben Casado passed out 31 assists in the Trojans' 25-18, 25-8, 25-10 triumph over Wells.
MOC opened Invitational play with a record-setting 25-9, 25-6, 25-9 conquest of Medger Evans, and set a program record for least points allowed in a match (24). The Trojans also posted the fourth-highest team hitting percentage in school history at .587, collecting 45 kills and just eight errors in 63 attempts. The school record is .632 set against SUNYIT in 2010.
Jack Tutty pounded out 11 kills, while Lukas Hoelzl and Alex Rivero provided eight kills and six kills, respectively. Alex Vazquez logged a career-high eight blocks and MOC compiled 15 team blocks in the match.
Renzo Rossato served three of the Trojans' 10 aces.
The Trojans handed Mount St. Vincent a 25-15, 25-8, 25-12 setback.
Metichecchia's 41 assists helped MOC amass a .574 hitting percentage. Vazquez delivered 11 kills without an error. Miracle had six digs, while teammate Tyler Carnes added five.
Tim Ebbecke had eight block assists.
MOC begins a pivotal four-match road swing Friday at in-state Conference Carolinas rival Lees-McRae. The trip also includes conference matches at King on Saturday and at league-leading Pfeiffer University on March 27, and a non-conference contest against Mount St. Joseph.
The Trojans and Limestone currently share second place in the league at 4-2 with Lees-McRae a half-game behind at 3-2.