SPRINGFIELD, Mass., February 10, 2007 – Ball State University senior outside hitter Nick Meyer led all players with 19.5 points on a match-high 15 kills to go along five blocks and one service ace as the Cardinals downed Springfield College, 3-0 (30-25, 30-19, 30-24), in the championship match of the 2007 Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic hosted by the Pride in Blake Arena.
For his efforts on the weekend, Meyer was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player (MOP). Joining Meyer on the All-Tournament Team, from Ball State, was sophomore outside hitter Todd Chamberlain and sophomore middle hitter Ryan Clarke. Chamberlain had 13 kills and seven digs in the championship affair, followed by Clarke with eight kills and four blocks.
SC junior All-American Eric Palumbo (Chili, N.Y.) and freshman outside hitter AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.) each garnered All-Tournament Team honors for the Pride. Palumbo tallied a team-best 11 kills against the Cardinals to add to his five digs. Nally led all players with 12 digs. The Pride is now 8-5 overall on the season after its 1-1 Morgan Classic weekend, whereas the Cardinals improve to 6-4 on the year.
Ball State had four different players contribute with double-figure totals in points this evening. Meyer led the way with 19.5 points and racked up a team-high 10 digs. Chamberlain added 13 points all coming from his 13 kills. Sophomore middle hitter Matt McCarthy recorded 11.5 points on eight kills and a match-best seven blocks, followed by Clarke with his 10.5 total points.
SC sophomore All-American Andy Sipe (New Oxford, Pa.) paced the Pride with a team-high six blocks in the loss. The middle blocker also added five kills and one service ace for 9.5 points. Junior setter Chris Shekell (Rochester, N.Y.) compiled 20 assists against the Cardinals. SC will next be in action at home against NJIT on Friday evening, February 16th in a 7:00 p.m. start.
UCSD 3, Rutgers-Newark 1:
University of California, San Diego senior setter Brooks Dierdorff tallied an impressive 64 assists, eight blocks and four digs in being named to the All-Tournament Team as the Tritons defeated the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders, 3-1 (30-23, 30-28, 24-30, 32-30), this evening in the consolation match of the Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic.
Rutgers-Newark senior outside hitter Eric Honsberger earned All-Tournament Team honors with a match-high 29 kills despite the loss. Honsberger racked up 29 kills on 53 swings and just eight errors for a .396 hitting percentage. The senior also totaled seven digs, four blocks and one service ace for 32 points.
UCSD was paced by freshman middle blocker Frank Fritsch on the offensive end with 19 kills. Freshman outside hitter Will Ehrman and freshman middle blocker Adrian Guthals totaled 15 kills apiece for the Tritons, followed by junior middle blocker Stephen Shaw with 12. Guthals also totaled a match-best nine blocks.
Scarlet Raider sophomore libero Rogelio Nodal led all players with 13 digs. Sophomore libero Derek Wolfe chipped in with 12 kills, and sophomore setter Mark Hulse registered 50 assists.
Rutgers-Newark falls to 2-7 overall on the season after the 0-2 weekend, and UCSD is now 4-7 overall after the 1-1 two-day stretch.
Nick Meyer, Most Outstanding Player – Ball State
Todd Chamberlain – Ball State
Ryan Clarke – Ball State
Eric Palumbo – SC
AJ Nally – SC
Brooks Dierdorff – UCSD
Eric Honsberger – Rutgers-Newark
Sportsmanship Award Winner:
Eric Leserman – UCSD
Serving Contest Winner:
Ruben Fernandez – SC
Spiking Contest Winner:
Eric Honsberger – Rutgers-Newark