Written by Andrew Capitelli (SJC-LI Sports Information)
Union, NJ| The St. Joseph's College (L.I.) men's volleyball team saw its inaugural campaign come to an end on Thursday evening with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of defending Skyline Conference champion Kean University in the conference semifinals.
The Golden Eagles finish their first-ever season with a 19-11 overall record as the Cougars move to 25-8 to host the College of Mount St. Vincent in the Skyline final this Saturday.
Tight through the first set, SJC tied the frame at nine following a Matthew Amberge kill, but the hosts rattled off the next four to go up 13-9.
Later in the first, a Kyle Biggers kill brought SJC to within two points (22-20), but the Cougars grabbed three of the last four points to win the set by a 25-21 scoreline.
Kean would cruise to a 25-13 victory in the second before a more tightly contested third game. After a Curaro service ace, Kean's Nico Mercadante was credited with an attack error that brought SJC to within one (15-14).
Curaro's kill minutes later tied the frame at 19, but a 7-2 run by Kean propelled them to 25-20 set and 3-0 match victories
Kean's Ian Capp was credited game-highs in assists (32) and aces (5), while Nick Buseski went for a game-best 11 kills.