Springfield, Mass. - March 29, 2013 - Mike Pelletier became just the ninth player in program history to record 1,000 career kills as the Springfield College men's volleyball defeated both Sage and Rutgers Newark on Friday evening. Springfield defeated Sage 21-25, 25-11, 25-15, 28-26 before cruising past the Raiders, 25-19, 25-17, 25-19.
Springfield is now 22-3 on the year and has won its last 15 matches.
In the four-set victory over Sage, the Pride rebounded from dropping the game to control the next three en route to the win. Hitting .411 for the match as a team, Springfield was led by Luis Vega, who tied his career-high was 12 kills at a .556 clip to go along with eight digs and three blocks. Greg Falcone added nine kills on 14 errorless attempts for a .643 hitting percentage while adding four blocks. Nick Ferry led the Pride with nine digs and Mike Freytag reigstered a match-best five blocks.
The Gators were led by the duo of Andy Fishman and Dylan Krowicki, who combined for 22 of the visitors 41 kills. Krowicki picked up nine digs and three aces, and Kyle Raw handed out 32 assists in the loss.
Against Rutgers, Springfield's offense was dominant, hitting .514. John Coen and Pelletier each registered 12 kills, while Jimmy O'Leary added seven kills and Falcone posted seven blocks. Ferry was credited with a match-high eight digs and Vega tallied eight kills, five digs, and four blocks. Mike Becker ran the offense with 38 assists.
The Raiders were led by Colin Ferguson, who finished the evening with nine kills. Christopher Kpacz added six kills, as did Manuel Felipez. Rutgers was held to just a .165 hitting percentage for the contest.
After posting eight kills in the opening frame, Pelletier hit the milestone mark with an overpass kill late in the third set.
Springfield is back in action on Saturday when it plays Southern Vermont at 12:00 pm.
Springfield College Invitational
Southern Vermont 3, Lesley 0 (25-9, 25-8, 25-8)
Springfield 3, Sage 1 (21-25, 25-11, 25-15, 28-26)
Rutgers Newark 3, Lesley 0 (25-6, 25-10, 25-9)
Springfield 3, Rutgers Newark 0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-19)
Sage 3, Southern Vermont 2 (25-23, 30-28, 22-25, 22-25, 15-12)