Eastern Conference #2 Recap
December 8th at the Buffalo Niagra Court Center in Buffalo, New York, the NVA wrapped up regular season play with 3 matches played between Pineapple, Icemen and host Team LVC. The day started with Team LVC (2-2) playing visitors Icemen (1-3). Icemen started the match rolling, being up as many as 5 in the first set before a late run gave LVC at 24-23 lead. Icemen earned 3 straight points to win set one and gain momentum helping them earn a relatively easy victory in set 2. LVC rekindled their efforts by taking set 3 led by outside hitter Joe Norton, who had 9 kills on the match. However the Icemen, led by setter Conor Eaton and his 41 assists, were to much for LVC to overcome in set 4. Icemen won the match 3-1 (26-24, 25-16, 18-25, 25-22) giving them their first NVA victory over LVC. The overall head to head record has LVC up 2-1 in match play. For the second match, first place Pineapple (3-1) played the 3rd place Icemen (2-3). Icemen had their chemistry flowing on the court when they started up big early in set one. Pineapple was able to regain their bearings late in the set and fought off 3 set points, eventually taking set 1, 34-32. Icemen demonstrated a lot of character after losing set 1 and recovered nicely as they dominated set 2 and 3. Icemen essentially put the match on cruise control until midway through set 4 Icemen opposite Jamion Hartley went down with an injury forcing back up setter Tim Falknor to come in and fill the position. Pineapple capitalized quickly on the situation and took set 4 from the Icemen forcing a 5th set. The momentum of the match appeared to be in Pineapple’s favor until Icemen sided out at 4-2 and put middle Scott Siwicki at the service line. From there, the big middle took over, rolling off 6 straight points including 3 aces, which gave Icemen a 10-3 lead before Pineapple was finally able to side out. The rest was history as Icemen coasted to the finish line winning 3-2 (32-34, 25-22, 25-16, 18-25, 15-10). The 5 set win over Pineapple put the Icemen at 2-0 for the day and 3-3 for the regular season. Due to sets won/loss the match qualified Icemen for no lower than 2nd place and a trip to the NVA Championships. Scott Siwicki from Icemen scored 22 points on 9 kills 6 blocks and 7 aces. Conor Eaton from Icemen had an NVA regular season record of 59 assists. Jeff Ptak from Pineapple led all scores with 25 points on 16 kills, 6 aces and 3 blocks. Matt Harpenau added 7 kills and 4 digs. The Icemen currently hold a 2 match win streak over Pineapple. The final match of the day placed Pineapple (3-2) playing for the Conference Championship against LVC (2-3) who was mathematically eliminated from the post season and playing solely for pride. Pineapple used the extra motivation to their advantage as they pounced on LVC from the start. The match seemed slightly anti climatic compared to the previous 5 set thriller. Pineapple had their way with LVC winning 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-12). Joe Norton from LVC was only able to muster a 5 kill performance. Comparatively Amorim Bruno from Pineapple had 8 kills and 3 aces and Jeff Ptak led all scorers with 11 kills, 3 blocks and 4 digs in their Eastern Conference Championship effort. Pineapple now holds the NVA series 3-1 over LVC, the only LVC victory coming during the Las Vegas Showcase. Pineapple (4-2) was able to take home the title of Eastern Conference Champion in the final NVA regular season event. However, the story of the weekend was certainly the Icemen (3-3) recovering from a 1-3 start in the first event to going 2-0 and earning themselves an invitation into the NVA Championships. LVC (2-4) had the potential to win the Eastern Conference Championships heading into the weekend, unfortunately the wind was taken out of their sails with their loss to Icemen and the subsequent Icemen victory over Pineapple which eliminated them from post season contention. Up next for the NVA: The NVA Championships hosted by Pineapple at Ball Sports Academy, January 5th and 6th in Angola, Indiana. Eastern Conference Champion Pineapple (4-2) led by Jeff Ptak and Lloy Ball will play Western Conference Runner-up Sizzle (3-3) led by Srdj Nadazdin and Bryan Lewis. Western Conference Champion Blizzard (5-1) led by Edison Zhou and Matt August will play Eastern Conference Runner-up Icemen (3-3) led by Conor Eaton and Scott Siwicki. Look for more updates here on our website www.nvausa.com. Instagram at NVAUSA and our Facebook nvausa. The Legacy Begins Here Also a special thanks to Mikasa Volleyball, Smack Sportswear and Buffalo Niagra Court Center.