February 22 2016
The Elmira College men's tennis and men's volleyball programs posted some impressive results this past week, each sweeping a trio of matches over the weekend. Austin Mansell '16 of the men's tennis and Carlos Faccio '16 of men's volleyball played major roles in their respective team's success and have thusly been crowned the EC Athletes of the Week for the week of February 15th-21st.
Mansell was fantastic in helping the Soaring Eagles sweep all three matches at the Elmira College Spring Kickoff Invitational, held at the Murray Athletic Center Tennis Dome, this past weekend. EC began the three-day event with an 8-1 victory over Farmingdale State College this past Friday, February 19th. The Purple and Gold dispatched Purchase College 7-2 on Saturday night, before downing Alfred University by an 8-1 line on Sunday morning.
The West Lebanon, NH, native had gotten off to a slow start to his final collegiate campaign, entering the weekend with a 1-2 mark at the third singles position and a 0-3 doubles record, granted the majority of that coming in cross divisional competition. The senior netter made that slow start a distant memory this past weekend, sweeping all three of his singles and doubles matches in a perfect 6-0 weekend.
Continuing to hold down the third singles position, Mansell easily dispatched Daniel Kafka of Farmingdale State 6-2, 6-1 to begin the weekend. He backed up that victory up with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Danny De La Cruz of Purchase on Saturday, before rolling to a clean 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Mike Wisniewski of Alfred on Sunday.
A partner change also seemed to play a big role in igniting Mansell's performance in doubles play. After the team posted a rocky start in doubles action the past few weeks, head coach Tom Linhart shook up the tandems ahead of this past weekend. The results spoke for themselves, as the Soaring Eagles went 8-for-9 in doubles matchups over the weekend. Mansell thrived with new partner Chris Konow '18, as the tandem scored 8-3 victories on both Friday and Saturday, and an 8-4 win on Sunday.
With the perfect 6-0 weekend, Mansell moved all-alone into third place on the program's all-time list for both total career wins (51) and career doubles victories (24). Mansell and the Soaring Eagles will look to continue their hot play in two weeks when the team returns to action against the Rochester Institute of Technology at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8th.
Faccio had a huge weekend, as the Soaring Eagles posted three impressive victories on its West Coast road swing. The three wins boosted the 13th-ranked men's volleyball team to a record of 11-4 on the season.
The Soaring Eagles opened the two-day event in Thousand Oaks, CA, with a four-set victory over Benedictine University at Mesa on Friday night. Faccio racked up 47 assists in the match; however, he was just getting started on the weekend.
The senior setter had a historic day on Saturday, collecting a combined total of 113 assists in the two victories over No. 7 University of California at Santa Cruz and California Lutheran University. Faccio opened the day with 45 helpers, while adding a kill on his lone attack, in the Soaring Eagles dominant victory over the nationally-ranked Banana Slugs. However, the Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, native saved his best for last in Elmira's thrilling five-set victory over the tournament hosts. He set a new single-match program record with a career-best 68 assists against the Kingsmen, helping the team post a new single-match program record with 69 assists overall. The Soaring Eagles posted 71 total kills in the match, just three shy of equaling the single-match program record.
On the weekend, Faccio finished with 160 assists, while also adding six kills, four service aces, seven digs, and three block assists. On the year, he has recorded 591 assists, while his 10.02 assists per set average ranks second in the United Volleyball Conference.