|Men's Volleyball Hosts Pair of EIVA Matches Over Homecoming Weekend|
PARKING ADVISORY - Due to the Homecoming fireworks show that will occur over Mason Pond following the conclusion of the men's basketball game Saturday, February 16, a number of road closures will affect fans attending the 7:00 p.m. men's volleyball match vs. NJIT.
A portion of Patriot Circle and Mason Pond Drive from Patriot Circle to the traffic circle by the RAC will be closed at approximately 5:45 until the fireworks have finished and the Fire Marshal has given the all clear.
Men's volleyball patrons who arrive before 6:30 p.m. should take Braddock Road to the Rt. 123 (Ox Road) interchange. Take 123 North to Mason Pond Drive and make the right turn. Make a right turn onto Mason Inn Lane and then turn left to park in Lot J.
Mason continues conference play this weekend, hosting Rutgers-Newark and NJIT over Homecoming weekend. The Patriots opened EIVA play with a 3-1 win over Princeton last Friday.
For their efforts in the win against Princeton, seniors Mark Jones and Piotr Dabrowski were named the EIVA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. Jones recorded a match-high 18 kills in addition to nine digs, two total blocks and a service ace, while Dabrowski finished with a match-high five blocks.
This season Mason is paced offensively by 3.83 kills/set from senior Andrew Dentler (2nd EIVA), while Dabrowski leads the defense with a team and conference-best 1.53 blocks/set. Senior Javier Perez stands second in the EIVA with 9.87 assists/set.
Rutgers-Newark enters Friday's match with a 1-3 overall record and an 0-1 mark in the EIVA. The Scarlet Raiders are coming off of a 3-0 loss at the hands of Princeton on Tuesday.
Rutgers-Newark boasts a young roster, as 11 of the 12 players on its roster are freshmen. Sophomore Manuel Felipez leads the squad early on in its season, averaging 4.36 kills/set, while setup man Kevin McCandless averages 9.18 assists/set. Defensively, Travis Mintzer has a team-best 0.73 blocks/set.
Mason has won the last five meetings between the two squads.
The Highlanders will host Princeton on Friday for its first EIVA contest of the season before making the trip to Fairfax for Saturday's match. NJIT currently owns a 2-7 overall record, most recently falling to Lees-McRae in five sets last week.
Three Highlanders are averaging over 2.00 kills/set, including Herman Kantushov (2.23), Kajetan Borecki (2.27) and Chris Kaepernick (2.16). Matthew Lui has a team-best 7.35 assists/set. Defensively, Brady Smith averages 2.66 digs/set, while Doug Battersby leads the team with 0.86 blocks/set.
Mason leads the all-time series, 42-8.