POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y., February 20, 2007 - Behind the strong play of sophomore opposite Ryan Frederickson (Manahawkin, N.J.) and an overpowering team defense, the visiting fourth-ranked Springfield Pride swept Vassar College at Kenyon Hall, 3-0 (30-19, 30-22, 30-25). It was SC's second sweep of the Brewers this season.
The Pride, who extended its winning streak to three matches, is now 11-5 on the season. SC has also won five of its past six matches overall. The Brewers fall to 4-7 on the season.
The Pride held the lead for nearly the entire match. In game one, the team jumped out to an 11-4 lead with Frederickson and freshman outside hitter AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.) each recording three kills in the run. Nally was also the server during a stretch of six straight points to close the game.
After playing the Brewers to a 7-7 tie in game two, the potent SC defense took control of the game. Vassar could not score consecutive points for the remainder of the contest.
The third game was the closest of the three, with Vassar rallying back from a 20-14 deficit to within three at 25-22. Strong serving from freshman Phil Tully was a major factor in the comeback. However, the Pride forced several late Brewer errors to regain control of the game and take the match.
Frederickson led all players with 16 kills. With just one error in 24 chances, the All-American hit .625. Sophomore All-American Andy Sipe (New Oxford, Pa.) had a team-high six of the Pride’s impressive 14 total blocks. Junior outside hitter Javier Rosario (San Juan, Puerto Rico) led the squad with 10 digs.
Tom Pawlowski paced the Brewers with 12 kills. Kyle Giunta had a match-high 11 digs.
SC looks to make it four in a row when it next hosts Sacred Heart University on Friday night, February 23rd, in a 7:00 p.m. Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Hay Division match.