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Men's Volleyball Takes A Set Off Hong Kong At World University Games

Springfield College Men's Volleyball Kazan, Russia - July 10, 2013 - Ryan Quesenberry registered a career-high 16 kills to help the Springfield College men's volleyball team take a set off Hong Kong in the World University Games on Wednesday afternoon. Hong Kong prevailed over Team USA by the set scores of 18-25, 27-25, 23-25, 20-25.

The match pitted the two remaining teams in Pool “A” who were in search of their first win of the World University Games. Team USA will have its final match of its pool play competition streamed live on July 11th when it takes on Korea. That match will air at 7:00 am EST on http://www.livefisu.tv/

Quesenberry, who had combined for just seven kills in his first two years at Springfield College, was dominant on the right side, tallying 16 kills at a .314 clip. Greg Falcone hit .625 out of the middle as he posted 11 kills, while both Mike Pelletier and Luis Vega notched 10 kills each. Jimmy O'Leary added eight kills while hitting .438, and Nick Ferry recorded 12 digs.

As a team, Springfield College hit .305 in the match, with Keaton Pieper delivering 52 assists in four sets.

The Pride came out flat to start the game, falling behind four in the early going before Pieper put away an over pass to make it a 10-9 contest. However, Hong Kong responded with an 11-5 run to go up seven and cruise to the 25-18 win.

After going down four again to start the second, Springfield rallied to tie things at eight on a Vega block before heading into the second technical timeout with a 16-14 lead following two kills from Quesenberry. Hong Kong would fight off two Springfield set points, only to have the Pride score the final three points after trailing 27-26 to claim their first set victory.

Vega started the surge with a big swing, before an ace from O'Leary and thunderous block from Falcone capped off the milestone victory.

Team USA took its first lead of the third on a Hong Kong attack error at 14-13. The teams went back-and-forth until Hong Kong used a kill and block at 22-all to gain set point, which they would win two points later to take the stanza, 25-23.

In the fourth, Hong Kong used an 8-2 run to break open an early tie and gain a 16-10 cushion. A back-row kill by Pelletier capped off Springfield's last charge of the night, a 7-3 burst, as it got within a pair at 20-18. However, Hong Kong scored the next three points and went on to take the match after winning the fourth, 25-20.

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