NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Feb. 15, 2008- The fourth-ranked Springfield College men’s volleyball team held the New Haven Chargers to a -.024 hitting percentage for the match as it picked up a 3-0 victory. With the win, the Pride improve to 10-2 on the season, 3-0 in EIVA Hay action.
Springfield won by the scores 30-26, 30-16, 30-17.
In the opening stanza in which the Pride led by as many as six, the teams were knotted at 21 in a back and forth affair. Springfield went on to score the next three points as a pair of AJ Nally kills sandwiched a Charger service error forced a New Haven timeout at 24-21. Down the stretch, the Pride’s middle blockers proved to be too much as Cal Palumbo recorded a kill and a pair of blocks and a kill from Bill Yates closed out the opening game for the Pride. In the 30-26 victory, the Pride hit .233 compared to a paltry -.200 for the home team.
In the second game, the Pride found themselves up early, 6-2, after an Nally service ace. The Chargers responded with a 7-2 run of their own to grab their first lead of the game, 9-8, after a kill from Chris Lennon. The Pride would not be denied however, as the visitors went on to score 12 of the next 14 points in the game to grab a commanding 20-11 lead after a kill by Ryan Fredrickson. The Pride would go on to lead by as many as 18 in the game and eventually took the two-game advantage in the match. In the 30-16 victory, the Pride held the home team to a negative hitting percentage once again, as the Chargers hit just -.062.
With the third game tied at nine apiece, the Pride tacked on four straight points, capped off by a double block from Cal Palumbo and Dave Smietana, to go up 13-9. The Pride were unstoppable in the third game, registering a .739 attack percentage off 18 kills on 23 attempts with just one error. An ace by Ruben Fernandez on match point improved the Pride to a perfect 3-0 in EIVA Hay action.
Nally led the way with a match-high 13 kills to go along with nine digs. Cal Palumbo added eight kills and five blocks, hitting .538 for the match. In his first career start, Yates hit .500 as he recorded eight kills to go along with a pair of blocks. Eric Shoemaker and Chris Shekell directed the offense and combined to dish out 31 assists. Smietana hit a blistering .800 with four kills on five attempts while teammate Eric Palumbo added seven kills.
Tommy Musto tallied a team-best 11 kills for the Chargers in the match.
The Pride return to action when it hosts New Haven on Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm in Blake Arena in EIVA Hay action. It will be the Pride’s first home contest since it defeated Endicott in four games on January 28.