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Stevens snaps the streak

2015 Division III Men’s Volleyball

A championship season began with an email, then another, then many more.  

When Stevens Institute of Technology senior David Evans arrived on campus in fall 2014, emails from teammates were already waiting for him. “When is open gym?” they asked.

Those early-season open gyms – practicing before a coach’s whistle beckoned them to – paid off nearly a year later when Stevens captured the national championship by knocking off Springfield College (Massachusetts) on April 26 in Hoboken, New Jersey.

The Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship has existed only since 2012, and Springfield captured each of the first three titles. The Pride’s loss in the championship final snapped their streak and earned Stevens’ athletics program its first national team championship in any sport. That wasn’t the only streak the Ducks broke: In four previous attempts, Stevens had never bested Springfield.  

Playing the championship match in Hoboken gave Stevens an edge it was able to capitalize on. The Ducks dropped only one match all season at home while Springfield struggled on the road, posting a 7-5 record. While home-court advantage was a nice perk, Stevens’ championship was catalyzed by those emails and the months of dedication that ensued.

“These guys work so hard. …We have to chase them out of the gym,” Stevens coach Patrick Dorywalski said. “I’m so proud of them – completely.”

The Results
2015 Division III Men’s Volleyball

CHAMPIONSHIP
Stevens 3, Springfield (Mass.) 0

SEMIFINALS
Stevens 3, SUNY New Paltz 2
Springfield (Mass.) 3, Nazareth 1

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER 
Tim Ferriter, Stevens

ELITE 89 HONOREE
Alexander Carpenter, Stevens

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