Men’s Volleyball Eliminated in NCAA Tournament

The Endicott College men’s volleyball team fell to Benedictine, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Salem Civic Center in Virginia.

Scores were 25-23, 25-22, and 25-20 all in Benedictine’s favor. It was the college’s first NCAA tournament appearance.

Familiar names made headlines for the Gulls despite the loss. Bryn Lipton racked up 12 kills on the night with Gabe Felicetti hitting seven of his own.

Four other players recorded kills on the night including Rafa Robert with five and Erich Roman adding four.

Justin Kegebein led the group with seven digs. The senior from New York recorded 33 digs on the season.

For the opposition, the Gulls had no answer for Jacob Grygo who collected 13 kills and six digs on the night. That accounted for .33 percent of Benedictine’s kills.

Nathan Klimisch secured 10 of his own along with two digs, and Chase Olson delivered with eight kills and six digs.

Despite the loss, the Blue and Green were the college’s first team to win a conference championship since returning to play due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The season may have come to an end, but that doesn’t mean fans have nothing to look forward to in the future.

15 players on the roster were underclassmen, including Gabe DeBenedetto (13 assists on Wednesday).

Wednesday marked Endicott’s seventh NCAA Tournament overall, and the younger players on the roster look to increase that number over the next few years.

Benedictine will play Lancaster Bible on Thursday in the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m., whereas Endicott’s season comes to a close with a 9-4 overall record.