The College of Staten Island men’s volleyball team is looking to snap a two-game skid and get back in the win column today, as they get set to host both Lehman College and Cairn University in a home tri-match at The Tank in Staten Island as part of non-conference play. CSI will face Lehman first at 11am, Lehman will then play Cairn at 1pm, followed by CSI’s date with Cairn at 3pm.
CSI vs. LEHMAN COLLEGE / CAIRN UNIVERSITY
Matchup: College of Staten Island (3-9) vs. Lehman College (12-8) / Cairn University (5-12)
Where: The Tank – 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY
All-Time Series: vs. Lehman – Lehman leads, 8-0 / vs. Cairn – First Meeting
Last Meeting: vs. Lehman – February 19, 2018 – LC won 3-0
Players to Watch (CSI): Christian Dumadag continues to pace CSI with 111 kills on 310 attacks this season. He also leads the way with 13 aces and his 63 digs place him third on the squad. Herman Liu and Zebin Guo have been coming on strong offensively as of late. Liu has 43 kills this season on 164 attacks and 12 blocks while Guo has 32 kills on 101 attacks, and his 86 digs is tops on the team. Michael Liang has been fluid on the defensive line this season, posting 72 digs. Adil El Haddad has been very solid on the helpers, posting 210 assists this season.
Players to Watch (LEH): Roberto Ventura Diaz is leading the balanced Lehman attack with 151 kills, posting 19 aces from behind the line as well. Yaw Eshun has been very good with 134 kills on a team-best .295 attack percentage and he also leads the way with 39 blocks this season, that’s nine more than CSI’s team as a whole. Filipe Velandia is next in line with 111 kills and has been lethal as a server with 35 aces this season, part of 174 by Lehman overall this season. Defensively, Jose Bautista leads the front with 141 digs, followed by Juan Carlos Santos’ 116.
Players to Watch (CU): The Highlanders funnel their attack through the capable hands of Micah Godshall, who is posting 215 kills on a heavy 554 attacks this season, good for a .157 percentage. He is also second on the squad with 33 service aces, and he ranks third on the team in digs with 99 and blocks with 22. Ryan Ludvik is the team leader behind the line with 34 aces this season, adding with it 41 kills and a team best 121 digs. His 19 blocks are good for fourth on the team. The blocks leader is Anton Deleon with 33.
News & Notes: The only history the Dolphins come into this tri-match with is Lehman College and it has not been favorable, as CSI is still seeking their first win over the Lightning in program history, going 0-8 against them all-time. The last five meetings have ended 3-0 and CSI has only taken one set off of Lehman all-time, back in 2016. This is only the team’s second meeting ever in Staten Island, however, with the last one being that 3-1 decision back in 2016. These two teams met earlier this season at Lehman in the game that counted against the CUNYAC standings and the Lightning prevailed by scores of 25-19, 25-13, and 25-17.