SPRINGFIELD, Mass., February 23, 2007 – Springfield College sophomore middle blocker Andy Sipe (New Oxford, Pa.) totaled a match-high 16.5 points on 11 kills (.409 hitting percentage), seven blocks (two solo) and one service ace to add to seven digs as the fourth-ranked Pride won its fourth straight overall, 3-0 (30-19, 30-25, 30-23), over the visiting Pioneers of Sacred Heart University this evening in Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Hay Division play at Blake Arena.
SC improves to 12-5 overall on the season and a perfect 4-0 in EIVA Hay Division action with its fourth consecutive victory. The Pride has also won six of its past seven matches and 12 of its past 14. Sacred Heart falls to 5-7 overall and 0-6 in the EIVA Hay. SC is now 11-0 lifetime against the Pioneers.
Pride sophomore opposite Ryan Fredrickson (Manahawkin, N.J.) equaled Sipe’s total of 11 kills to go along with eight digs and two blocks. Freshman outside hitter AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.) was the other member of SC to rack up double figures in kills with 10. Senior Peter Sander (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) produced a team-best 11 digs at the libero position, and freshman setter Eric Shoemaker (Mount Wolf, Pa.) had a solid match with 40 assists, four digs and four blocks.
Sacred Heart was led by junior outside hitter Brian Rosa with 11 kills and just four errors on 23 swings for a .304 hitting percentage. Sophomore libero Daniel Donohue led all players with 16 digs, and freshman outside hitter Kalani Efstathiou recorded 12 digs and seven kills.
After the Pride opened the match with a convincing 30-19 win, SC appeared to be in complete control when it opened up game two on a 9-3 run. The Pioneers would not go away quietly, however, as Sacred Heart rallied to pull within three (20-17) off a kill from junior middle blocker Brendan Donohue. That would be as close as the Pioneers would get, although, as the Pride captured game two by a 30-25 margin.
The start of the third game was a back-and-forth affair, with the score tied at four different junctures. SC took control with the score tied at 13-all by going on a 9-5 run capped by a Fredrickson kill to take a 22-18 lead. The Pride then rolled the rest of the way to take the game and the match, 30-23.
SC next travels to Cambridge, Mass., to play at Harvard University in yet another EIVA Hay Division match tomorrow night (Feb. 24) in a 7:00 p.m. start.