SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (January 28, 2008) – After dropping the opening game of the match, the top-ranked Springfield College men’s volleyball team rallied to a 3-1 victory over visiting Endicott on Monday evening. The Pride won by the scores of 26-30, 34-32, 30-15, 30-25.
With the win, the Pride’s third in a row, Springfield now stands at 4-1 on the season while the Gulls drop to 2-2.
Springfield struggled in the opening frame with mistakes putting them in an early hole. The Pride, which made six service errors and was aced on four occasions in the opening frame, struggled to find any rhythm. Yet still, the Pride led 22-21 after a Gull service error. From there, the visitors closed out the game on a 8-4 run to grab the opening frame, 30-26. The Pride made five errors in the run as it dropped the opening game for the second-straight match.
The second game needed extra points to be decided as both teams offense’s slowed down considerably. In the second game, the Pride managed to hit .000 compared to -.019 for the visiting Gulls. With 15 ties in the game, a back and forth effort found the Pride knotted at 32. A kill from freshman Cal Palumbo (Rochester, N.Y.) put the home squad up one and a Gull attack error knotted the match at one games apiece.
The start of the third game had plenty of new faces as head coach Charlie Sullivan inserted three new faces into the lineup with Bill Yates (Albany, N.Y.), Peter Manguiat (Sacramento, Calif.), and Javier Rosario (San Juan, Puerto Rico) taking control of the Pride attack. With Manguiat sparking the offense with a trio of aces in the opening nine points of the match, SC opened up a 7-2 lead it would not relinquish. Springfield, which outhit the visitors, .409- -.100, led by as many as 10 in the game to take a two games to one advantage.
In the fourth stanza, the Pride opened up a 6-3 lead after a Endicott attack error, forcing a Gull timeout. The home team would not look back as it continued on to win its third-consecutive game. Yates closed out the match for the Pride with a kill, his sixth in two games, as SC moved to 4-0 this year against Division III opponents.
Sophomore All-American AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.) registered a team-best 13 kills to go along with 14 digs and three blocks in the win. Palumbo added 10 kills, hitting .571, to go along with six blocks while Yates hit .714, hammering out six kills and adding two blocks. Brandon Waas (Rochester, N.Y.) added 10 digs for the Pride while Eric Shoemaker (Mount Wolf, Pa.) came off the bench to dish out 31 assists.
AJ Witkofsky knocked out a game-high 20 kills and was the lone Gull in double-figures in the kill column. Dan Coleman recorded 15 digs while Ben Foster handed out 38 assists.
The Pride return to action on Friday night when they travel to take on Sacred Heart at 7:00 pm.