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Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell Becomes All-Time Leader In Assists In Win Over Bulldogs

Photo credit: Anthony LaRocca
Photo credit: Anthony LaRocca

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—The Fontbonne University men's volleyball team closed out its trip to New York with a sweep over Brooklyn. In the win, Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell also became the all-time leader in assists.

Score: Fontbonne 3, Brooklyn 0 (25-6, 25-15, 25-23)

Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Records: Fontbonne 16-1, Brooklyn 5-7

How It Happened

With his 11 assists tonight, Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell upped his career total to 1848 in 227 sets played. He surpassed the previous mark of 1840 set by Jacob Lendy from 2015-18. He's also just one of three players in program history with at least 1,000 assists.

Currently, he's on pace to have a career year as he's totaled 515 assists thus far and averaging nearly 10.30 assists per set which is top-five in the country.

It was a dominant display in the first set for the Griffins with the team totaling 14 kills and a match-high .571 hitting percentage in the 25-6 win. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, struggled with three kills and 11 errors for a negative -.308 hitting percentage.

The Griffins continued rolling along in the second set with the team taking a 16-9 lead on Jacob Hartmann's kill. With the team totaling 14 kills and a .367 hitting percentage, they were able to go on for the 25-15 win.

In the third, after the Griffins held the lead throughout, the Bulldogs grabbed an 18-17 lead on a Fontbonne attack error. The team went on to retake the lead at 20-19 on Cameron Way's kill and fended off the Bulldogs late for the 25-23 set and match win.

Inside The Numbers

  • Fontbonne finished with 39 kills and a .302 hitting percentage. They also posted 43 digs and six solo blocks.
  • Brooklyn had its struggles all night offensively with 15 kills and 27 errors for a negative -.132 hitting percentage.

Fontbonne Leaders

Brooklyn Leaders

  • Michael Valentin led with team-high eight kills and eight digs.
  • Sayuj Zachariah dished out a match-high 14 assists.

Up Next

  • The Griffins return home next Friday night when they'll take on No. 9-ranked North Central. First-service at 7 p.m.

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