MUNCIE, Ind., January 28, 2006 - Springfield College sophomore setter Chris Shekell (Rochester, N.Y.) tallied 29 assists in each of the Pride's two matches this weekend (Jan. 27, 28) at Ball State University, but it wasn't enough, as the Cardinals, ranked 10th in Division I, defeated SC by scores of 3-0 on each night.
In the Pride's first match at Worthen Arena on Friday evening, SC was led by outside hitters Eric Palumbo (Rochester, N.Y.) and Ryan Fredrickson (Manahawkin, N.J.), as the two combined for 16 kills (eight apiece). Fredrickson also recorded a team-best 10 digs despite the loss. Freshman middle blocker Andrew Sipe (New Oxford, Pa.) chipped in with a team-high three blocks (one solo) to go along with his six kills.
In the second match on Saturday evening, sophomore opposite David Smietana (Buffalo, N.Y.) registered six blocks (one solo) and six kills, but the Pride fell, 30-20, 30-13, and 31-29. Sophomore libero Kyle Maggofin (Cheshire, Conn.) added a match-best 10 digs in the contest.
The Cardinals, Division I's 10th-best squad, proved to be too much, however, as Ball State's Nick Meyer recorded 15 kills and an impressive .571 hitting percentage in the second match to lift the Cardinals to 6-0 overall on the season.
SC falls to 3-2 overall on the season as it remains 1-0 in EIVA-Hay Division play. The Pride, ranked fifth in Division III, returns to conference action on Wednesday evening, February 1, in a 7:00 p.m. start at Harvard University.