We are a few weeks into the collegiate men's volleyball season and our Bay to Bay alumni have been making tremendous contributions in programs across the country. Check out what our alumni and their teams have been up to this point in the season:
Sean Staskus (UC San Diego)
The sophomore outside has appeared in 7 of the Tritons first 14 matches, including marquee matchups against UCLA, UC Irvine, and Princeton. In his match at UC Irvine, Sean hit an efficient .333. Catch Sean and the Tritons as they travel back to Northern California for a match against UC Santa Cruz on Friday and Stanford on Saturday. Come out and support!
Wyatt Harrison (UC San Diego)
The sophomore outside hitter leads the Tritons in three key categories: total attempts, kills, and points per set. Starting in all 14 matches thus far, Wyatt has contributed over 170+ kills thus far. Wyatt and the Tritons will
Markus Melbardis (Loyola-Chicago)
The senior outside hitter has appeared in two matches for the #7 ranked Ramblers. Markus and his team will begin conference play after competing in one of the most competitive pre-season schedules in the country (UC Irvine, UCLA, Pepperdine, CSUN, UCSB, and Penn State). Loyola looks poised to challenge for an NCAA berth through the MIVA conference, their biggest test will be against cross-town rival Lewis.
Aleks Melbardis (Stevenson)
The sophomore setter has appeared in 8 matches for the Mustangs. Over the course of that time, Stevenson currently sits with a record of 12-3 overall and 2-1 in conference. Aleks and the Mustangs will look to keep their momentum going as they head into the heart of their conference schedule.
Joel Schneidmiller (UC Irvine)
The sophomore All-American has helped his UC Irvine Anteaters to a #4 National ranking as his team begins conference play in the Big West. Joel is first on the team in attempts, kills, aces, and total points. For his efforts thus far, Joel has been named the Conference Player of the Week in the Big West four times! Joel and the ‘Eaters have a huge matchup next weekend as they take on #2 Hawaii in a double header.
Alex Li (NYU)
The junior outside hitter leads the way for the Violets with over 128 points. The only player to start all 10 matches for NYU, Alex is putting away over 2.5 kills per set. Currently NYU sits at 5-5 overall heading into UVC conference play.
John Alexander (NYU)
The freshman outside hitter has made his way back from shoulder surgery to appear in two matches thus far for the Violets. Alexander and NYU will take on St. John Fisher, Nazareth, and Stevens Institute next.
Attila Delingat (Princeton)
The freshman middle blocker has started in 6 matches for the Princeton Tigers totaling over 12 blocks during that span. Princeton looks to compete for an EIVA title and NCAA berth as they begin conference play against rival Harvard this week.
Brett Allen (M.I.T.)
The freshman outside hitter has made multiple contributions to the Engineers in his rookie season. Appearing in 15 sets, Brett has tallied 25 kills, 9 digs, and 2 blocks. In case you were wondering, Brett still wears a head band.
Colton Stearns (M.I.T.)
The junior outside hitter returned to action for M.I.T. after a year hiatus and has stepped into a large role for the team. Colton has seen action at both outside hitter and libero, averaging 2.3 digs per set.
Nathan Wang (M.I.T.)
The sophomore setter/right side has worn many hats for the Engineers. This year, his versatility is being utilized on the right side where he can step in to set in the 6-2 offense, or operate as a true opposite. Averaging 1.17 kills per set.
Kyle Bugee (Lewis)
The junior outside hitter has battled his way into the starting lineup of a very deep team in the #10 ranked Lewis Flyers. Currently Bugee is second in the nation in aces per set (if you saw Kyle play in the alumni game this Fall, this should not come as a surprise). Bugee and the Flyers enter conference play at 4-0 and will look to earn their first bid to the NCAA tournament since their run at the National Championship in 2014.
Daniel Lien (UC Santa Cruz)
The freshman DS/libero has appeared in almost every match of the season. Primarily utilized as a serving sub and defensive & serve receive specialist Danny is averaging over 1.5 digs per set. His consistency in reception has increased his role, finishing out most sets in the backrow for the OH2 position.
Nathan Smith (Penn State)
The junior setter has appeared in 8 matches for the Nittany Lions. Currently Penn State sits at .500 on the season with a 6-6 record. Nathan and the Nittany Lions enter conference play 3-0 with wins over St. Francis, Harvard, and Sacred Heart. Next up, Penn State has a huge test against George Mason, Charleston, and Princeton.
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Check out the full list of Bay to Bay alumni here.