Springfield, Mass. - March 8, 2013 - The Springfield College men's volleyball team made quick work of visiting Mount Ida on Friday evening, cruising past the Mustangs by the set scores of 25-12, 25-16, 25-11 in Blake Arena.
The Pride has now won its last 10 matches to improve to 16-3, while the Mustangs drop to 4-13.
Mike Freytag paced the Pride with four kills on five swings, while adding three blocks, three digs, and two aces. Evan Acanfora tallied a team-best seven digs and four digs, and Brendan McGourn came off the bench to produce six kills at a .750 clip. As a team, Springfield hit .404, with Eric Johnson handing out 25 assists to go along with four aces and two blocks.
Mount Ida finished the evening hitting -.062 as its offense struggled to find a rhythm from the opening whistle. Justin Rhoden had a strong showing in the middle, posting seven kills on 10 attempts to go along with two blocks. Brady Rodriguez handed out 19 assists, and James Ames added seven kills of his own.
The Pride raced out to a 12-4 advantage in the first set as it cruised to the victory. Eric Brawn led the Pride in the set with three kills and a pair of service aces.
The second set was closer as it featured four ties and three lead changes. After the Mustangs evened things at four-all, Springfield rattled off the next four points, capped off by a big swing from Jason Mascoe to seize control at 8-4. Mount Ida was as close at 13-9 following another Ames kill, but the Pride scored 12 of the final 19 points en route to a 25-16 win.
Springfield, which entered the match with the nation's best team hitting percentage, had its finest offensive showing in the third, hitting .534. The Pride jumped out a 9-2 lead and never looked back, using four kills from McGourn and three kills from Ryan Quesenberry to fuel the three-game victory.
Springfield will return to action on Saturday when it plays a pair of teams that it played in last year's NCAA Championship. The Pride will host Baruch at 12:00 pm in a rematch of last year's national quarterfinals before taking on Hunter at 2:00 pm, marking the first time the teams have played since last year's national semifinals.