UNION, N.J. (4/15/17) – The Kean University men's volleyball team throttled the College of Mount Saint Vincent in a 3-0 sweep to claim its Sixth-Straight Skyline Conference Championship on Saturday.
Counting the postseason, the Cougars have now won 76-straight Skyline Conference matches. Kean has now captured every Skyline Championship since 2011, a run of six-straight titles for the program that was born only seven seasons ago. In earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship in each of those seasons, Kean is one of only two schools to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championship in all the years it has been held.
Kean outhit the Dolphins .541 to .056 in Saturday's match and ripped nine aces without allowing a single one.
The Cougars were hitting .812 and CMSV was at -.100 when the Dolphins called timeout with the score 20-8 in the first set. Kean won emphatically, 25-11.
The Dolphins took their first lead at 1-0 in the second, but Kean scored 13 of the next 15 points to put themselves in the driver's seat again. Kean won 25-12 and held CMSV to a .000 hitting percentage.
The third set was tighter with a 25-19 final, but the Dolphins were still held to .091 hitting and were unable to get any sustained offense all day.
Kean freshman Ian Capp (pictured left) was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Skyline Tournament for his play this week. The Cougars have also boasted the Most Outstanding Player of the Skyline Championship for the last six years: Steve Vahalla in 2012 & '13, Bez Arslani in 2014 & '15 and Jacob Kauffman in 2016.
Capp finished the match with 38 assists, three aces, three blocks and a kill to take home MOP honors. Kauffman had nine kills, four aces, and a block. Nick Buseski had a team-best 14 kills, while Steven Zarzycki also reached double digits with 10 kills.
Tyler Cucullu led the Dolphins with nine kills in the match.
The Cougars will find out their National Tournament pairing on Monday during the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship Selection Show. Airtime is 10 a.m. Monday morning. The show can be found at http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2017.