The Ramapo men’s volleyball team earned a win in their final skyline conference game of the season against Yeshiva University on Tuesday.
The Roadrunners swept the Maccabees in three sets (25-14, 25-18, 25-10), as they recognized their graduating class on senior night.
“We really appreciate all the hard work that the seniors have put into really developing the program and bringing us to that next level,” said assistant coach Andrew Brown.
Ramapo’s seniors shined in the win, and contributed in all aspects of the game. Seniors Nick Hrehovcik, Brian Colabella and Tyler DeBoer led the Roadrunners offense with eight, eight and seven kills, respectively.
Fellow seniors Mike Kane and Andrew Balint also contributed with five and three kills, respectively.
Kane led the defensive effort for the Roadrunners with eight digs. Hrehovcik, Colabella, DeBoer and sophomore Peter Desvousqes had six, four, three and three digs, respectively.
The coaching staff praised the contributions the senior class has made on and off the court this season. They believe the team’s younger players have learned a lot from the soon to be graduates.
“They’ve done a great job of being good role models and good teachers on the court,” Brown said. “They’re like a second pair of hands from the coaching staff. It really was that kind of moment where they’re handing over the torch so to speak.”
Head coach Kevin Rodgers, the second-year bench boss for the Roadrunners, credits this year’s senior class with turning around the Ramapo men’s volleyball program.
“When I came in last year for their junior year, we only had nine guys. A lot of the players ended up quitting and all of these guys stuck with the program and really helped train the freshman and get them ready for their sophomore year,” Rodgers said. “I can’t say how much they meant to me and to the stability of this program. I’m going to miss them a lot.”
The team will rely on the senior class as they prepare for the upcoming Skyline Conference Tournament.
With this win, the Roadrunners improve to 24-9 overall and 12-2 in conference. They will enter the tournament as the second seed behind Kean University, who finished undefeated in conference play at 14-0.
The Roadrunners will play Mount Saint Vincent, the third seed in the first round. Ramapo defeated MSV twice during the regular season, 3-0 on March 27 and 3-1 two days later.
The Dolphins are 9-5 in conference play and 15-10 overall this season.
“We’re heavy with our senior class all season and we just want them all coming into that game with as much confidence as possible,” Brown said. “If they’re all able to play to the max of their ability and contribute, we’re going to be able to put up good fights in this coming weekend.”