In the opening night of action (Feb. 13), UC-San Diego will square off against St. Francis at 6:00 p.m. before the host Pride will then take on George Mason at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday night, February 14th, game times will again be at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., with the consolation match first and the championship match scheduled second to cap off the weekend's festivities.For George Mason, Kyle Gramit leads the way for the Patriots with 83 kills through five matches, averaging 4.37 kills a set. George Mason, currently ranked 11th in the latest Bison/AVCA Division I-II Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll, is 4-1 on the year. Last season, the Patriots fell to USC in five games the Classic’s Championship.
The UC-San Diego Tritons are also ranked in the Bison/AVCA Division I-II Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll as they are currently ranked 13th in the country. The Tritons last made the trip to Springfield College in 2007, losing to the Pride in three sets and defeating Rutgers-Newark in four sets. With a 4-6 overall record, USCD is led offensively by Will Ehrman’s 116 kills this year.
The Red Flash of St. Francis stand at 5-3 on the season, with one of those wins coming in a five-game thriller earlier this season against Springfield. Jordan Varee has been outstanding this year for St. Francis as he is averaging 5.42 kills per game while hitting .393. The Red Flash have been ranked has high as tied for 14th in the country this season.
The top-ranked team in Division III, Springfield is currently 4-4 on the year after most recently falling to the No. 1 team in Division I, Penn State, on Saturday. AJ Nally has a team-best 99 kills so far this season for the defending Division III National Champions.
Besides four exciting top-level volleyball matches, this weekend also offers two different clinics; one for players and one for coaches. UCSD’s Kevin Ring, George Mason’s Fred Chao, and St. Francis’ Mike Rumbaugh, and Sean MacDonald from Frontier Regional High School will be in charge of directing the players clinic, as Springfield Head Coach Charlie Sullivan will run the coaches clinic. Both clinics start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. with a break for lunch. The cost of each clinic is $60 with a ticket included for Saturday night's consolation and championship action. To sign up for the clinics or to receive more information, please call the Volleyball Hall of Fame at (413) 536-0926 or visit their website at www.volleyhall.org.Additional Links