CAMBRIDGE, Mass., February 24, 2007 - Springfield College sophomore middle blocker Andy Sipe (New Oxford, Pa.) totaled a career-high 13 blocks to go along with seven kills and one service ace for 15 points as the No. 4 Pride defeated Harvard University, 3-2 (28-30, 30-24, 25-30, 30-26, 15-9), in Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Hay Division play this evening at the Malkin Athletic Center.
SC has won five matches in a row, seven of its past eight, and 13 of its past 15 overall in improving to 13-5 on the season. The Pride is still perfect in EIVA Hay Division play, now 5-0, as the Crimson falls to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the EIVA Hay.
Sophomore opposite Ryan Fredrickson (Manahawkin, N.J.) led all players with a season-best 23 kills for SC. The All-American tied Harvard's Jordan Weitzan with 24.5 points on the night. Fredrickson also added eight digs and three blocks. As a team, the Pride compiled an impressive 37 blocks compared to the Crimson's 27.
SC lost a close opening game (30-28) to start the match, but rebounded to tie the affair at one-all with a 30-24 game two victory. The Pride then fell behind with a 30-25 defeat in game three, and when Harvard opened the fourth frame on a 7-1 run, SC's chances of winning a fifth consecutive match looked grim. The Pride responded quickly, however, edging the Crimson by a 30-26 margin in game four and closing out the match with a 15-9 victory in the fifth and decisive game.
Outside hitters AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.) and Javier Rosario (San Juan, Puerto Rico) tallied 16 and 10 kills, respectively, as Nally added 17 digs and Rosario chipped in with nine. Freshman setter Eric Shoemaker (Mount Wolf, Pa.) had an all-around solid match with 31 assists, eight digs, seven blocks and four kills.
Harvard was led by Weitzan in kills with 22, as he also had nine digs and five blocks. Setter Dave Fitz racked up a solid 66 assists despite the loss, and Brian Rapp led the Crimson with 17 digs. Laurence Favrot added 18 kills and seven digs in the tilt.
SC next travels to New York University (NYU) for yet another EIVA Hay Division match on Friday night, March 2nd, in a 2:00 p.m. start.