Written by Andrew Capitelli (SJC-LI Sports Information)
Union, NJ| The St. Joseph's College (L.I.) men's volleyball team saw its eight-game winning streak snapped on Sunday afternoon after suffering 3-2 and 3-1 losses to Skyline Conference rivals Ramapo College and Kean University, respectively, in Union, NJ.
With the losses the Golden Eagles fall to 14-9 on the year and 3-2 in conference play as the Roadrunners improve to 15-9 (4-1 Skyline) and the Cougars to 16-8 (4-0).
Ramapo 3, SJC 2
After taking 25-22 and 25-17 in the firs two sets, SJC ground out 25-20 and 25-16 victories in the third and fourth sets to force a deciding fifth set.
Ahead 13-12 late in the frame, SJC was on the cusp of victory, but it was Ramapo that rallied for three straight points and beat the Golden Eagles to 15.
Freshman Paul Curaro led SJC in kills (13) and collected five digs in the contest. Will Flohr (10 kills), Matthew Amberge (9 kills) and Kyle Biggers (8 kills) all contributed to a St. Joseph's attack that generated 49 kills.
Junior Tyler Jones dished out a game-best 41 assists.
Kean 3, SJC 1
Tied at 21 in the first frame, the Golden Eagles tallied the final four points of the set to earn the 25-21 win but failed to capitalize on the momentum and dropped the next three sets, 25-15, 25-22 and 25-18.
Curaro (15 kills) and Flohr (10 kills) again led the SJC attack but were outhit by Kean's Jacob Kauffman (21 kills).
Jones collected 37 assists in the loss and sophomore Daniel McNamara was credited with a game-best 13 digs.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Monday, March 27 when they head to Manhattan to face CCNY in a non-conference clash at 7:00 pm. Follow the action with live stats here.