Colonel Athletics in brief 2/26

Luke Modrovsky, Sports Editor

Feb. 18

MTEN: Wilkes had several winners in the Drew Invitational. Double winners in singles action were junior Courtney Murphy (8-5 and 8-1), senior Artyom Nabokin (9-7 and 8-2), senior Andrew Neidig (8-5 and 8-2), freshman Larry Scartz (8-2 and 8-4) and junior Jonathan White (9-8 and 8-3). The Colonels also took eight of 14 matches in doubles action.

Feb. 21

MLAX: See page 20.

MBB: See front cover and page 19.

Feb. 22

MVB: Alvernia swept the Colonels (25-17, 25-20, 25-16) in MAC action. Senior Daniel Sales led the attack with eight kills and a .273 hitting percentage. He also notched a team-high 11 blocks. Senior Michael Henne also defended a career-high 10 digs.

Feb. 23

WREST: After one day of action at the NCAA Southeast Regionals, seniors Matt Grossmann and Josh Evans scored semifinal appearances. Junior John Ritter, sophomore Matthew Judge and junior Ashton Gyenizs awaited their consolation round battles in hopes of an NCAA qualification.

MVB: Wilkes defeated York College (NY) for a second time in 10 days (25-14, 25-11, 25-21). Senior Dylan Smith and Brian Schumacher had career high days with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Senior Daniel Sales rounded out the stat sheet with a season-high 22 assists. Schumacher also posted a career high of three aces. Teamwise, the Colonels also tied their season-high of 15 aces, that was set in their first meeting with York.

Feb. 24

WREST: (See page 21 for Grossmann.) Evans posted a top-six finish, but missed an opportunity at an NCAA berth. He began the day with an 11-3 major decision loss to the eventual champion Gregory Warner in the semifinals, but battle back for a pin in 2:26 to reach the third place match. He lost in sudden victory. Ritter and Gyenizs also finished in the top-six, but were also unable to secure a national bid. Grossmann, Evans, Ritter and Gyenizs were all able to secure Academic All-American awards.

MLAX: Wilkes scored their first victory of the season in rout fashion against Keystone College (14-3).  Senior Jeremy Kachel notched his first career hat-trick.

MVB: The Colonels lost a heartbreaker to visiting New Jersey City University (25-17, 24-26, 25-20, 14-25, 13-15) in their final tri-match of the season. Wilkes also hosted Kekua College and fell in straight sets (16-25, 22-25, 23-25). The Colonels posted a team best, season-high 50 digs in the five-set loss.