Mustangs Earn Top Seed, Will Host 2013 ECAC South Championship Saturday

Mustangs Earn Top Seed, Will Host 2013 ECAC South Championship Saturday


CENTERVILLE, Mass. - After finishing the regular-season ranked at No. 9 in the AVCA Division III Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll and two wins shy of the school record with 24, the Stevenson men's volleyball team was selected as the No. 1 seed and host of the 2013 ECAC Division III South Men's Volleyball Championship on Saturday, April 20.

The Mustangs will host fourth-seeded New Jersey City (19-16) in the first semifinal at 11:00 a.m., while second-seeded Ramapo (19-11) will take on third-seeded York (N.Y.) (24-15) in the other semifinal at 1:00 p.m. The two winners will then meet for the championship at 3:00 p.m.

All three games will be held on the Owings Mills campus of Stevenson University in Owings Mills Gymnasium. Admission for all three games will be FREE and live stats and live video will also be available for each contest.

Stevenson (24-12) is making its fourth appearance in the ECAC South Championship and serving as the host school for the fourth time (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013). The team is 3-2 all-time in the tournament, advancing to the title game twice in 2009 and 2011 and winning the championship in 2011.

The Mustangs have not faced any of the teams in this year's tournament, but did defeat Ramapo in five sets to win the 2011 ECAC South Championship in the last meeting between the two teams.

Juniors Austin Jacoby (Sellersville, Pa./Pennridge) and Adam Thatcher (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) were both named to the CVC All-East Division Team as Stevenson advanced to the semifinals of the CVC Championship for the second-straight season. Jacoby is ranked 10th in Division III in kills at 3.71 per set while Thatcher is third in digs at 3.20 per set.

Thatcher was named Most Outstanding Player when the team won the title in 2011.

Ramapo (19-11) is a four-time winner of the ECAC South Championship, winning titles in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Roadrunners, who advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 Skyline championship, went 2-0 against New Jersey City this season with a 3-1 win on February 17 and a 3-0 victory on February 27.

Nick Hrehovcik leads Ramapo with 215 kills this season while ranking second with 155 digs. Chris Sidnam is second on the team with 210 kills and 84 total blocks while Aaron Kerschner leads the team with 257 digs. Mike Kane is ranked 10th in the NCAA in blocks at 1.02 per set.

York (24-15) finished the season with a school record 24 wins while advancing to the title game of the 2013 CUNYAC Championship before falling to No. 7 Baruch.

The Cardinals did not face Ramapo this season and have not played the Roadrunners since 2007. However, they did split their season series with New Jersey City, winning 3-1 on March 9 after losing their season-opener, 3-1 on January 29.

York, who has never won an ECAC South Championship, is led by Leszek Stankiewicz who has totaled 319 kills and 107 total blocks this season, both team-highs. Terrence Sutton leads the team with 319 digs and is ranked 12th in Division III at 2.70 per set.

New Jersey City (19-16) is making its sixth appearance in the ECAC Division III South Championship and first since 2010 when it lost in the title game versus Hunter. The Gothic Knights are 4-5 all-time in the tournament, including 0-3 in the championship game.

Besmir Arslani leads New Jersey City with 376 kills and 50 service aces this season, ranking him fourth and ninth in Division III, respectively. He is also second on the team with 63 total blocks. Justin Beaumont leads the Gothic Knights with 190 digs while ranking second with 257 kills.