Springfield, Mass. – April 5, 2014 - Following a pair of 3-0 victories over Marymount University and No. 9 Medaille College on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena, the Springfield College men's volleyball team improves to 23-7 overall, picking up their 12th-straight victory, including winning their last 31 sets.
Luis Vega (Corozal, Puerto Rico) continued to be impressive, totaling 27 kills over the course of the two matches, and 52 kills over the course of the two-day tournament. The reigning Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week has now posted 79 kills over the course of his last five games, including a career-high 27 kills against Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 29.
With the victory over Medaille being it's last Division III regular-season match, the Pride will wait to see its post-season fate as it hopes to earn one of three at-large berths to the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship, which will be hosted April 25-27 at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. The nine-team field will be announced at 10 a.m. on the national selection show which will air on NCAA.com on Monday, April 14.
Springfield 3, Marymount 0
Twelve kills from Vega led the Springfield College men’s volleyball team past Marymount University on Saturday morning in Blake Arena, with the Pride taking the match 3-0.
Springfield won by set scores of 25-17, 25-12 and 25-13.
With the victory, the Pride, ranked No. 2 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll, improve to 22-7 on the year. With the loss, Marymount falls to 8-20.
Springfield finished the match with 37 kills on 58 swings, hitting at a .466 clip. Senior middle blocker Jimmy O’Leary (Reading, Pa.) posted seven kills and a pair of blocks, while junior setter Keaton Pieper (Dallas, Texas) notched 28 assists.
Starting off the match, Vega picked up a pair of kills to give the Pride a 5-4 edge, followed by kills from Sean Zuvich (San Pedro, Calif.) and O’Leary to give the Pride a 13-9 lead early in set one.
Following a kill from Angel Perez (Naranjito, Puerto Rico) to make it 24-15 Pride, O’Leary sealed set one for the Pride with a kill, giving Springfield the 25-17 set victory.
Springfield went on a 6-0 run to begin the second set, including a pair of kills from Zuvich and an ace from Eric Johnson (Tustin, Calif.). Midway through the set, Vega came out of the back row for a huge kill to put the Pride up 14-6, forcing a timeout from Marymount.
With a 24-12 lead late in the second set, freshman middle blocker Sean Peterson (Norfolk, Va.) picked up a kill to give the Pride a 2-0 advantage, taking the set 25-12.
Down 5-3 early in the third set, a block from Jason Mascoe (Uniondale, N.Y.), Jason Weeden (North Tustin, Calif.) and Luis Carlos Rubio (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) sparked a 7-0 run from the Pride, giving Springfield a 10-3 lead.
With the score at 21-13 late in the final set, Springfield went on a 4-0 run, capped off with a kill from Ryan Malone (Chicopee, Mass.) to ice the set, 25-13 and the match, 3-0.
Marymount was led by freshman Matt Malloy (Thornton, Pa.) with eight kills and 11 assists from Bronson Summer-Torres (San Diego, Calif.).
Springfield 3, Medaille 0
Led by Vega with 15 kills, the Springfield College men’s volleyball team picked up their fourth victory of the Springfield College Invitational over Medaille College, 3-0.
The Pride won by set scores of 25-14, 25-18 and 25-22.
Springfield finshed the match with 37 kills on 78 swings, hitting at a .256 clip. Senior middle blocker Jimmy O’Leary posted nine kills, while Angel Perez tallied six and Sean Zuvich five.
The Pride exploded out to an early 10-3 lead in set one behind a pair of aces from Zuvich and a kill from O’leary. With a 23-14 lead, an attack error from Medaille and a kill from Vega ended the first set 25-14, giving the Pride a 1-0 advantage in the match.
Down 10-7 early in set two, the Pride went on a 4-0 run sparked by a kill from O’Leary, forcing a Medaille timeout. Coming out of the break the Pride stayed hot with a huge block from O’Leary and Pieper to give the Pride a 12-10 advantage.
With the score at 22-17 late in set two, a pair of kills from Vega aided the Pride in finishing out the set, winning by a score of 25-18.
Medaille jumped out to a 5-2 lead early in set three, but back-to-back kills from Zuvich and Perez cut the deficit to one. With the score even at nine apiece, Vega delivered a cross-court kill to spark a 6-0 for Springfield. With the score even at 17, Perez dropped a pair of kills to give the Pride a 19-17 advantage, but the run was quickly defused by Medaille, as Trevor Barrett (Amherst, N.Y.) picked up a kill to make it 21-20 Springfield.
Following back-to-back blocks from O’Leary, Pieper and Peterson put the Pride up 23-20. Following a kill from David Riggsby (Centerville, Ohio), Vega notched his 14th kill of the match to make it 24-21, Springfield.
After a kill from David Hill (Clarence, N.Y.), Vega finished off the Mavericks with a kill down the line to ice the set, 25-22, and the match, 3-0.
The Pride will be back in action on Saturday, April 12 when they travel to the Newark, N.J. to take on the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The match is set to begin at 11:00 a.m.