SPRINGFIELD, Mass., January 23, 2007 – Springfield College junior outside hitter Eric Palumbo (Chili, N.Y.) led all players with 20.5 points on a match-high 17 kills to go along with three service aces and one block as the fifth-ranked Pride toppled No. 11 MIT, 3-0, this evening in a non-conference match in Blake Arena.
Game scores were 30-25, 30-21 and 30-25. With the win, SC’s third consecutive overall, the Pride improves to 3-3 on the season. The loss tonight was MIT’s first of the year, as the Engineers fall to 3-1 overall on the young season.
After SC came out with convincing wins in games one and two, the Pride took an early 10-4 lead into game three with sights set on closing out the match early. MIT engineered an 18-12 run, however, in the middle stages of the third game to pull even at 22 apiece. SC then kicked it into gear to preserve the sweep by going on an 8-3 run of its own, sealing the game (30-25) and the match.
Pride junior outside hitter Javier Rosario (San Juan, Puerto Rico) chipped in with 10 points for SC, adding seven kills, two service aces, and two blocks to go along with six digs. Junior libero Brandon Waas (Spencerport, N.Y.) led all players with 13 digs, and freshman outside hitter AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.) added eight kills and eight digs. Sophomore middle blocker Andy Sipe (New Oxford, Pa.) registered a match-best six blocks.
MIT was led by junior outside hitter Praveen Pamidimukkala in kills with eight. Freshman outside hitter Eric Reuland recorded a team-high 11 points with six kills, three service aces and four blocks.
In the assists category, Pride junior setter Chris Shekell (Rochester, N.Y.) led the match with 30, as Engineer freshman Philip Rogoz had 18. SC freshman Eric Shoemaker (Mount Wolf, Pa.) came off the bench to add 15 assists in the win.
The Pride will next hosts Johnson & Wales University on Friday evening (Jan. 26) at 7:00 p.m. in Blake Arena.