NEW PALTZ — In a closely contested match, visiting University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon defeated SUNY New Paltz, 15-7, 15-10, 13-15, 15-13, in a men’s volleyball matinee on Saturday at Elting Gymnasium.
But all eyes were on New Paltz junior middle hitter Christopher Wright, who recorded his 1,000th career kill in the contest.
Wright, a 1993 graduate of LaGuardia High School in Manhattan who spent four years in the United States Navy, recorded 26 kills to increase his three-year Hawk total to 1,017. He also had eight blocks and three digs to headline a balanced New Paltz effort, which also included Miguel Soriano (nine kills, five blocks, three digs, two aces), Robert Manosca (29 assists, nine kills, five digs) and Carlos Tollinche (seven digs, five blocks, three kills).
Wright, who now resides in New Paltz, is an Interpersonal/Intercultural Communications major with a journalism minor and is also the president of the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In 1995, he was selected to the exclusive All-Navy Volleyball team.
The (3-5) Hawks return to action on Monday night, when they host Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Hay Conference rival Springfield College for a 7 p.m. match.