No. 12 Men’s Volleyball Upset in EIVA Semifinals

Posted: May 1, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash upset no. 12 George Mason in four games in the semifinal round of the EIVA Championship Tournament last Thursday to bring the Patriots’ season to an end. With the loss, the Patriots finish the 2006 campaign with a 22-6 overall record.

The Patriots were rewarded for their outstanding season with a number of players earning conference awards. Redshirt senior opposite hitter Shaun Powell was named the Uvaldo Acosta Memorial EIVA Player of the Year, while redshirt senior setter Bryan Newcomb was named the EIVA Newcomer of the Year.

Five players were named to the EIVA All-East First Team, the highest total of players on the first team of any team in the conference. Joining Newcomb and Powell on the first team were Bates, senior middle blocker Matt Steinfurth and junior libero Graham Sheppard.

The end of the season closes out the careers of seniors Newcomb, Steinfurth and Powell. Newcomb, in his one and only season as a Patriot, ranks third in career assists during the rally-scoring era. His 1,131 total assists is the fourth-highest single-season total in the rally-scoring era, and helped the Mason attack record a team hitting percentage of .328, which ranks fourth all-time at Mason.

Steinfurth set a single-season rally-scoring era record at Mason with 181 total blocks this season. His hitting percentage of .404 ranks fifth all-time during a single season at Mason. For his career, he ranks first all-time during the rally-scoring era in blocks (494), fourth in kills (782) and fourth in hitting percentage (.387).

During his five years in the program, Powell ranks first all-time during the rally-scoring era in kills (1,537) and aces (102). He also ranks second in digs (512) and fourth in blocks (267). In 2005, he set a single-season record with 477 kills and his 44 aces that year rank second all-time.

His 470 kills this season and 32 service aces rank second and fifth, respectively, in the rally-scoring era. Powell has recorded four of the top five single-match kill totals in the rally-scoring era, with the top overall mark of 39 coming on Jan. 21, 2005. He recorded his high mark of 28 this season in a three-game victory at Lewis on Feb. 4.

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