Story written and posted by Hayden Barbosa, Rivier University Assistant Sports Information Director
(Nashua, N.H.) There you have it folks. The Rivier University Raiders advance to the finals after putting the Leopards down in 3 quick sets. The scores were 25-22, 25-22 and 21-25. While the score lines were tight, the Raiders always had a lead with the exception of one error committed in the third set. Other than that, there was no stopping "Riv" tonight.
Freshman Jack Normandin (Clifton Park, N.Y.) soared high today dropping 6 kills on those below and Senior Khaynen (Pittsburgh, Pa.) matched his teammate with 6 kills on 11 attempts while hitting an efficient .545. The upperclassman also notched 2 assists, 4 digs and 3 blocks.
Junior Francis Kokoros (Braintree, Mass.) put up some great numbers as he tallied 5 kills and 3 aces. He also collected 5 digs and a solo block.
Junior Cam Roth (Coventry, R.I.) denied the Leopards 11 scoring opportunities by way of digs.
Junior Pedro Campos (Downey, Calif.) proved yet again why he was honored with the GNAC Offensive Player of the Week four times. The setter averages 10.20 assists per set and totalled 969 assists in just 28 matches.
Much credit is due to the Saints as they finished the season 21-12 overall and 9-5 within the GNAC. Some key student-athletes were two upperclassmen. Outside hitter Erik English (Simi Valley, Calif.) had an outstanding season as he recently earned GNAC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 11 and Defensive Player of the Week back in Week 6. Alex Silva (Jamaica Plain, Mass.) also earned a Defensive Player of the Week honor in week 8.
The Raiders are now slated to host the Jaguars of Wentworth Institute of Technology this Saturday at 7PM in the Muldoon Gymnasium. This matchup was decided after the Jaguars dropped the Wildcats of Johnson and Wales in their GNAC Semifinal tonight, 3-2.