NEW HAVEN, Conn., February 28, 2006 - Springfield College freshman middle blocker Andrew Sipe (New Oxford, Pa.) recorded a match-high eight blocks to go along with 11 kills on 22 swings with no errors for a .500 hitting percentage as the No. 6 Pride defeated the University of New Haven, 3-1, in Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA)-Hay Division play this evening.
The win improves SC to 7-10 overall on the season and 5-2 in EIVA-Hay action, as the Pride hands the Chargers just their third loss of the season. New Haven falls to 10-3 overall and 4-2 in the EIVA-Hay. SC won the opening game by a close 30-26 margin, and after falling to the Chargers in game two, 30-21, the Pride captured games three and four, 30-26 and 30-20, respectively, to snap its two-game losing streak.
Freshman outside hitter Ryan Fredrickson (Manahawkin, N.J.) registered a team-best 21 kills in the win to help place four different SC players with double-digit kills. Sophomore outside hitter Eric Palumob (Rochester, N.Y.) had 17 kills, as sophomore outside hitter Javier Rosario (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Sipe each chipped in with 11.
Sophomore setter Chris Shekell (Rochester, N.Y.) added a match-high 63 assists, as sophomore libero Brandon Waas (Rochester, N.Y.) compiled a match-best 14 digs in the winning effort.
New Haven's Erwin Villaorduna paced the Chargers with 21 kills and eight digs, as Omar Torres and Drew Kirkeby had 12 and 11 kills, respectively, for the 10-3 Chargers. As a team, New Haven hit .254 for the match as the Pride recorded a .277 team hitting percentage in the four games.
SC will be at home this weekend for two EIVA-Hay matches, as the No. 6 Pride hosts Harvard University on Friday night, March 2, in a 7:00 p.m. start, and East Stroudsburg on Saturday evening, March 3, in an identical 7:00 p.m. beginning.