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China Prevails Over Men's Volleyball at World University Games In Four Sets

China Prevails Over Men's Volleyball In Four Sets Kazan, Russia - July 13, 2013 - For the second time during the World University Games, the Springfield College men's volleyball was able to win a game in international competition, however it lost a four-set match with China on Saturday afternoon. Team USA fell by the set scores of 14-25, 19-25, 25-23, 21-25

Luis Vega led the way for Team USA with 13 kills and six digs, while Greg Woods notched 11 kills after earning the start at left side. Greg Falcone registered three aces, and Mike Pelletier tallied six kills in two games of action.

"We continue to show progress, as evident by winning another set in this international competition filled with world-class athletics," said head coach Charlie Sullivan.

China raced out to a 7-2 lead to start the match, but Springfield scored the next three points to get within two. That would be as close as the teams would be the remainder of the opening frame, as Team USA struggled to find any rhythm on offense and would eventual drop a 25-14 decision.

Falcone registered a key block to keep China within striking distance at 6-5 in the second, but Team USA fell victim to a 7-1 run by the Chinese, digging itself into a 13-6 deficit. Vega pounded a kill to make it 21-16, but it was too little, too late, and the Americans dropped another set, 25-19.

It was Team USA that used a strong start to begin the third, opening up an 15-12 lead after Vega ripped an ace, before China roared back with a 4-1 spurt to even things at 16. The teams would trade points until they were tied one last time at 23-all following a Team USA hitting error. Woods produced a kill for set point, and Pelletier capped off Team USA's second set victory of the week by finding the back corner in transition.

The Americans were unable to carry the momentum into the fourth, as China soared to a 13-7 lead. The Chinese kept their distance throughout, with Team USA getting as close as three in the waning points of the match before a Springfield service error completed the four-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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