The Seneca Sting lost their OCAA Crossover match to the Mohawk Mountaineers in four sets 19-25, 23-25, 25-22, 21-25, ending their season.
In one of the most energetic and enthusiastic environments all season, the Sting ran into one of the top players in the OCAA in Elijah Lopez who finished with 18 kills to go along with 12 digs. The one-man show was supported by Rafael Leite (9 kills) and Paul Wagner (8 kills).
Playing against the West Division for the first time all season in a non-exhibition match, the Sting constantly struggled against the bigger Mountaineers blockers who forced the Sting attackers to change up their plan of attack. Fifty-fifty balls were regularly won by the Mountaineers, but the Sting were able to elevate their game defensively, led by Richard Ngo and his 18 digs.
First-year standouts Adriano Galbiati (9 kills) and Savino Marques (29 assists, 12 blocks) were unaffected by the pressures of their first post-season match, holding their own against the much more experienced competition.
The key stat for the match was the advantage the Mountaineers held in blocks. The visitors held a 15-4 advantage while also holding a 49-38 margin in kills which propelled them to victory.