New York, NY - Top-seeded Hunter (21-7) swept third-seeded York (11-16), 30-11, 30-25, 30-14, on their home court to capture their second consecutive City University of New York/Hospital for Special Surgery Men’s Volleyball Championship.
“We really came together as a team tonight,” said Hunter co-head coach Ray Bello. “We played with a great amount of energy and the home crowd really helped us out.”
Senior middle hitter Michael McFalls recorded four kills as Hunter captured the opening game 30-11. The Hawks ran out to a 16-5 lead and the Cardinals could never recover.
York had the game deadlocked at 5-5 early in game two, but Hunter went on a 7-2 run to take a 12-7 advantage. The Cardinals closed within 26-23, but were unable to get any closer. McFalls and freshman middle hitter Emmanuel Palatulan each had five kills for Hunter in the game.
Hunter fell behind by a score of 4-1 in game three but put the game out of reach with a 15-2 spurt that staked the Hawks to a 16-6 lead.
Palatulan and McFalls (five blocks) each had 11 kills and four aces to lead Hunter. Senior setter Neil Hong, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, added seven digs and 27 assists and freshman Ronaldo DaSilva added a team-high 13 digs.
“This victory really started in practice,” said Hunter co-head coach Jorge DeLaRosa. “We talked about what we would do if we played York and our players were well prepared.”
Junior outside hitter Marc Meo and freshman outside hitter Leszek Stankiewicz each had six kills to lead York.
“Our entire team played tremendous tonight,” said McFalls. “We have been working very hard for this all season and I’m so happy that we came through. I thought that Neil played great and was well deserving of the MVP award. He’s a terrific decision maker.”
“I have great hitters and I think that we compliment each other,” said Hong. I never expect to win any type of awards so winning the MVP is a big surprise.”
"I'm extremely proud of my team this year for their hard work and patience,"
said York head coach Andre M. Titus Jr. "Winning the quarterfinal and semifinal
have really motivated them to play their best and to proud to represent York and
CUNY at the NECVA Championship in Buffalo, NY."
Most Valuable Player: Neil Hong (Hunter); All-Tournament Team: Michael McFalls (Hunter), Marc Meo (York), Ryan Rawlins (York), Andre Edwin (Medgar Evers), Greg Waldvogel (Baruch)
ROGER CYRUS, CCNY
NEIL HONG, Hunter,
EDWARD HUNTER, Brooklyn
MICHAEL MCFALLS, Hunter
DAVID SEALY, Medgar Evers
ADAM WYSOCKI, Brooklyn
RONALDO DASILVA, Hunter
DASHAWN HADDOCK, CCNY
EDER MATHELIER, City Tech
MARC MEO, YORK, York
LESZEK STANKIEWICZ, York
RAFAEL VARGAS, Lehman
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
GREG WALDVOGEL, Baruch
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
ANDRE EDWIN, Medgar Evers
COACH OF THE YEAR
ANDRE M. TITUS, JR., York
2004 NECVA Championships
@ Medaille & D’Youville Colleges (Buffalo, NY)
(only CUNY matches listed)
First Round • Friday, April 2nd
#12 YORK vs. #5 Endicott (Mass.) @ D’Youville • 6:00 pm
#8 BARUCH vs. #9 Eastern Mennonite (VA) @ Medaille • 8:00 pm
Quarterfinals • Saturday, April 3rd
#4 HUNTER vs. Winner of the York-Endicott Match
@ Medaille • 12 noon
The semifinals are after the quarterfinals
on Saturday, with the
NECVA Championship match
on Sunday, April 4th.
2004 CUNYAC / Hospital For Special SurgeryQuarterfinals • Tuesday, March 23rd
Men's Volleyball Championship
@ Hunter College
#1 Hunter def. #8 City Tech, 3-0 #2 Baruch def. #7 CCNY, 3-1
# 3 York def. #6 Lehman, 3-2 # 4 Medgar Evers vs. #5 Brooklyn, 3-2
Semifinals • Thursday, March 25th
#1 Hunter def. #4 Medgar Evers, 3-0 # 3 York def. #2 Baruch, 3-2
FINAL • Thursday, March 25th
#1 Hunter def. #3 York, 3-0
Andre Edwin (Medgar Evers), Michael McFalls (Hunter), Marc Meo (York),
Ryan Rawlins (York), Greg Waldvogel (Baruch)
TOURNAMENT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Neil Hong (Hunter), Senior Setter