Springfield, Mass. – April 4, 2014 - Springfield College men's volleyball picked up a pair of victories in the opening night of the Springfield College Invitational, as the Pride defeated both Stevens Tech and Endicott College 3-0 behind 25 total kills from sophomore outside hitter Luis Vega (Corozal, Puerto Rico).
Springfield 3, Stevens Tech 0
An impressive 21 kills from sophomore outside hitter Luis Vega (Corozal, Puerto Rico) aided the Springfield College men’s volleyball team as the Pride opened up the Springfield College Invitational with a convincing 3-0 victory over Stevens Tech on Friday evening in Blake Arena.
The Pride won by set scores of 25-16, 26-24 and 25-22.
Springfield, which is currently ranked No. 2 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll, improves to 21-7 on the season, while No. 7 Stevens Tech falls to 17-8 overall.
Vega, the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week followed a career-high 27 kills against Sacred Heart last week with 21 kills on 31 attempts, hitting at a .581 clip on Friday. As a team, the Pride hit at a .434 clip, while the Ducks hit .247.
Including the Sacred Heart match, Vega has now posted 48 kills in his last six sets, with a .649 hitting percentage.
Sean Zuvich (San Pedro, Calif.) tallied 14 kills of his own, while junior setter Keaton Pieper (Dallas, Texas) registerd 44 assists in the victory.
Opening the first set, Zuvich posted a pair of kills to put the Pride up 3-1. After exchanging points, midway through the set, Vega posted three-straight kills to give Springfield a 9-6 edge.
With the score at 13-11, Springfield went on a 6-3 run, capped off with a kill from Vega to put the Pride up 19-14. Following the kill, the sophomore delivered an ace to put Springfield up 21-15.
Back-to-back kills from Zuvich and Vega closed out the set for the Pride, winning 25-16.
Vega continued to play strong in the second set, stringing together kills to give the Pride a 10-7 advantage early on. Late in the set, Zuvich tied the game at 21 apiece with a kill, while Vega added a kill and a block at the end of the set to give the Pride a 2-0 lead over the Ducks, with a set score of 26-24.
After a combination block from Alexander Carpenter (Delaware, Ohio) and Gabe Shankweiler (Allentown, Pa.) to give the Ducks a 4-1 lead, Springfield went on a 5-0 run, capped off with a kill from senior middle blocker Jimmy O’Leary (Reading,Pa.).
O’Leary finished the match with 10 kills on 15 attempts, hitting at a .600 clip. The senior also posted four blocks.
With the score tied at 10 points apiece, the Pride went on another 5-0 run, ending with a kill from Zuvich. Later in the set, with a 20-15 advantage, Vega strung together a pair of kills to put the Pride up 22-15.
Shankweiler led the way for the Ducks with 12 kills, while Kevin Aeckerle (Henrietta, N.Y.) tallied 30 assists.
Up 24-22 late in the third set, tallied his tenth kill of the match to ice the victory for Springfield, 25-22.
Springfield 3, Endicott 0:
Nine kills from Angel Perez (Naranjito, Puerto Rico) led the Springfield College men’s volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over Endicott College on Friday night in Blake Arena.
The Pride won by set scores of 25-9, 25-12, 25-13.
With the win, the Pride pick up their second win of the Springfield College Invitational and improve to 22-7 overall. With the loss, Endicott falls to 16-10 on the season.
Springfield finished the second match hitting at a .429 clip, dropping 37 kills on 70 attempts. Junior Ryan Quesenberry (Kingsville, Md.) posted seven kills in the victory, while Luis Carlos Rubio (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) tacked on 24 assists.
Eric Johnson (Tustin, Calif.) kicked off the match serving the first eight points, in which the Pride went on a 7-1 run. Springfield continued to be strong throughout the first set, for a kill from Perez gave the Pride a 21-7 advantage. Vega picked up his fourth kill of the first stanza, winning the first set for the Pride, 25-9.
The Pride stayed hot in set two, jumping out to a 9-2 lead behind a combination of kills from Perez. Midway through the set, freshman middle blocker Sean Peterson (Norfolk, Va.) tallied a kill to put the Pride up 14-6.
Later in the set, Quesenberry strung together a pair of kills to give the Pride a 20-9 lead heading into the late stages of set two. A combined block from Quesenberry and Jason Mascoe (Uniondale, N.Y.) ended the second set, 25-12.
After exploding to another early lead in set three, Peterson drove a kill down the center of the court to give the Pride an 11-5 lead. Later in the set, back-to-back kills from Quesenberry gave the Pride a 15-6 lead.
Jason Weeden (North Tustin, Calif.) and Eduardo McCormick (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) posted a pair of kills in the late stages of the match allowing for the Pride to cruise to their second victory of the day, taking the third set, 25-13.
The Pride will be back in action on Saturday, April 5 when they will take on Marymount University and Medaille College. The first match against Marymount is set for 11 a.m., while the Medaille match is set to begin at 1 p.m.