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Men's Volleyball Drops Three-Game Decision To Belarus In World University Games

Greg Falcone Kazan, Russia – July 7, 2013 - Despite a tremendous showing by Greg Falcone, the Springfield College men’s volleyball team, representing Team USA, dropped a three-set match to Belarus on Sunday in the World University Games. Set scores were 25-18, 25-15, 25-20.

"I thought it was really encouraging to see that we improved as the match progressed," said head coach Charlie Sullivan. "Playing in the World University Games really provides our program with the unique opportunity to develop as we compete against world-class competition."

The Springfield College men’s volleyball team has now dropped it first two matches after it was swept by Estonia on Saturday. Team USA will now prepare to square off against the host Russian squad on Monday evening at 8:00 pm local time.

That match will prove to be a milestone event for Springfield College, as it will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU on July 8th at 9:00 pm EST, and be streamed online at ESPN3. The match will also be aired again on ESPNU on July 9th at 7:00 am EST. For those who wish to watch the match live, it will be streamed on http://www.livefisu.tv/ at 12:00 pm EST.

Belarus improves to 2-0 in pool play after it defeated Hong Kong yesterday. The Belarus team boasts six players from their national team, five of which play professionally in either Russia or Germany, considered the top two leagues in the world.

Falcone was dominant for Team USA, as he totaled 10 kills on 13 attempts, including six kills that came in the opening set. Fellow middle Jimmy O’Leary was equally as impressive, registering eight kills on the evening and Luis Vega chipped in five kills and a block. Mike Pelletier was credited with a team-best eight digs, while Keaton Pieper handed out 27 assists.

The third set proved to be Team USA's best showing on the evening. Following a long rally that featured a pair of stellar digs from Vega, Pelletier delivered a monster solo block to give the Americans a 16-14 advantage. However, Belarus responded with a 4-0 burst and never looked back as it captured the three-game victory.

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Charlie Sullivan With eight national championships to his credit, Charlie Sullivan will enter his 16th season as head coach of the men's volleyball team in 2014. In 15 previous years at the helm, Sullivan owns an overall record of 256-158 for a .618 winning percentage. Read more.

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