Loretto, Pa. - February 19, 2011 - Despite winning the opening set, the Springfield College men's volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to conference-foe St. Francis in EIVA Tait action. The Red Flash were victorious by the scores of 18-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-23 at DeGol Arena.
With the win, the Red Flash improve to 6-5 overall, 2-3 in the EIVA Tait division. The Pride fall to 4-10, 0-4 in the EIVA Tait division.
The Red Flash got behind the eight ball early by dropping the opening set. The Flash hit just .111 in the opening stanza while the Pride hit .438; Springfield opened up the lead to as many eight points in downing Saint Francis 25-18. A tight, offensive second set followed, with SFU taking the lead at 7-6 on a Markus Schulze and John Skarupa block and never looking back en route to a 25-23 finish. Skarupa led the way with three kills in the set, including the set winner.
In the third set, freshman Logan Patterson stepped up. Patterson was a perfect 5-for-5 in the third set and added three digs as the Red Flash hit .350 in scuttling the Pride's attempt to take the 2-1 lead. Springfield didn't help themselves, hitting -.091 and losing the momentum quickly. Saint Francis increased the lead to as many as 11 points, and the Flash took a 2-1 advantage with a 25-14 win.
The fourth set ended up being a tight contest, though, with both teams clawing for every point; the largest lead of the set was a 9-6 lead for Springfield. With the set tied at 22-22, Patterson registered a kill, but Springfield's Cal Palumbo tied it again with a kill of his own. The Pride were unable to capitalize, however, as an errant serve set the table for the Red Flash win. SFU finally took the set 25-23 when Skarupa blasted a kill from the middle.
Patterson led the Red Flash with 13 kills, hitting .348; he also added six digs and one block. Skarupa had 12 kills, a .400 hitting percentage, two aces, two digs, and six blocks. He was one of three SFU players to record two aces, the others being Schulze and Colin Sherwin. John Wappler led the way with 11 digs.
For Springfield, Alberto Bravo notched 13 kills, six digs, three aces, and two blocks, while Palumbo posted 10 kills at a .643 hitting percentage. Greg Falcone led Springfield with seven blocks and Mike Becker dished out 37 assists.