Springfield, Mass. - February 17, 2012 - Head coach Charlie Sullivan picked up his 200th career victory as he led the Springfield College men's volleyball team to a three-set win over visiting Mount Saint Vincent on Friday evening in Blake Arena. The Pride won by the scores of 25-11, 25-17, 25-10.
Springfield has now won seven straight matches and nine of their last 10 to improve to 9-4. The loss drops the Dolphins to 3-6.
Jeff Gutmann recorded eight of Springfield's 13 aces in the game to go along with four kills, four digs, and two blocks in the win. Middle Jimmy O'Leary converted all seven of his swings for kills for a perfect hitting percentage, while both Mike Freytag and Tyler Tanaka posted five kills. Ryan Lilley totaled a match-high six digs and Freytag led the way with three blocks.
As a team, Springfield hit .434 for the match, while the Dolphins were limited to a -.031 hitting percentage.
Mark Sargenete tallied seven of the visitors 17 kills in the match. Teammate Chris Bacchi added five kills and Michael Sin delivered 12 assists.
The Pride set the tone early and produced three blocks in the opening nine points, with the last coming on a O’Leary and Mike Becker stuff, as the hosts snagged a 7-2 advantage. The Dolphins had no answer for Springfield’s attack, which hit a blistering .647 in the frame. O’Leary connected for his fourth kill of the game on a thunderous swing out of the middle to give Springfield a 25-11 win first-set win.
Fueled by a trio of aces from Gutmann, Springfield roared out to a 5-1 lead in the second. The visitors hung around much closer in this set and only trailed 11-8 after a Pride service error. Springfield answered with 5-2 run, capped off on another Gutmann ace to take a 16-10 lead. The Dolphins used a kill from Roosevelt Castillo to get within four at 18-14, but that would be as close as the Pride would let the visitors get. A Gutmann kill gave Springfield set point before the teams traded service errors for a 25-17 victory.
Springfield made quick work of the third set as it grabbed an early 10-2 lead thanks to the strong serving of Alistair Matthews. Springfield benefited from the visitors hitting -.174 in the frame as it cruised to a 25-10 win. Greg Falcone, Evan Acanfora, and Freytag each posted two kills each in the game.
The Pride, which was once again ranked second in the country in this week's national poll, will host a tri-match on Saturday as it welcomes Hunter and Newbury to Blake Arena. The Pride will play Hunter at 3:30 before Hunter and Newbury will square off at 5:30. Newbury and Springfield will round out the day's matches at 7:30 pm.