The College of Staten Island men’s volleyball team will host a non-conference tri-match this afternoon at The Tank where they will play host to Penn State Behrend and St. Joseph’s College – Brooklyn. Staten Island will look to break their losing skid this afternoon during the tri-match.
CSI vs. PENN STATE BEHREND & ST. JOSEPH’S – BK
Matchup: College of Staten Island (1-6) vs. Penn St. (7-7) & SJC-BK (0-7)
Where: The Tank – 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY
All-Time Series: CSI tied with SJC-BK, 2-2 / CSI vs PSB First Meeting
Last Meeting: vs SJCBK – March 4, 2017 – CSI won, 3-0
Players to Watch (CSI): Mark Palencia paced the Dolphins in their loss to Hunter College in their last outing but helped them take a set off of their opponents for the first time ever. Palencia sits second on the team with 42 kills, which is 10 behind teammate Christian Dumadag. Palencia also leads the team with 9 service aces this season. Dumadag has played well in his rookie season, leading the way with 52 kills, averaging two kills per set. Adil El Haddad continues to collect assists and has a team-high 82 through just four matches.
Players to Watch (PSB): Dillion Hildebrand has amassed a team-high 190 kills so far this season. Hildebrand also leads in service aces with 15. Tyler Herrmann sits in second with 105 kills and eight service aces. The duo of Cody Geis and Joey Reynolds have combined for 86 blocks. Geis paces the team with 12 solo blocks while Reynolds has seven solos. Anthony Sprentz leads the way with 448 assists this season.
Players to Watch (SJCBK): The Bears are led by Alec Willis with 9 kills this season but also leads with 14 assists. Dejon St. Rose-Cuffy is the net protector, tallying 8 on the year. Tim Driscoll and Stephen Eddy both lead the team with 23 digs and will look to improve upon that mark here this afternoon.
News & Notes: All three teams come into today’s tri-match on a losing skid. Penn State was previously on a two-match win streak before dropping a close 3-2 defeat to Medaille. The Bears have yet to win a match this season and have been swept, 3-0 in all seven of their losses. The Dolphins have dropped three CUNYAC matches in a row and will want to use today’s tri-match to rebound and return to the win column.