Patchogue, NY| The St. Joseph's College (L.I.) men's volleyball team knocked off #6 New York University, 3-2, in its opening contest of the 2019 season inside the Danzi Center on Tuesday evening.
The win ensures the defending Skyline Conference champions begin their season with a 1-0 record. The Violets, preseason ranked sixth in the nation among NCAA Division III programs, drop to 0-1.
Junior Paul Curaro led a balanced SJC attack with 17 kills on 41 total attacks. The outside hitter was also credited with a game-high three service aces and six digs.
The Violets' offense was powered by Alex Li and Evan Lindley, who each put down 13 kills apiece. Martin Bikdeli's 46 assists were a game-best.
SJC shocked the guests with a 25-20 victory in the first set but failed to go up two sets to none when NYU responded with a 25-19 win the second.
The hosts put the Violets on the ropes with a 25-17 win in the third set but were forced into playing a fifth, winner-take-all set following a 25-21 defeat in the fourth.
SJC jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the fifth and fought off a resilient NYU side that brought the game back to within one point (10-9). But, following a timeout, SJC scored five of the match's final six points and earned an impressive 3-2 match victory over a national powerhouse.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Saturday, January 19 when they visit Sacred Heart University for a non-conference contest at 1:00 pm.