DIII No. 3 Springfield Handles DI Rutgers-Newark

3/1/2008

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Newark, N.J. - Led by several outstanding offensive performances, the Springfield College men's volleyball team got back on the winning track on Saturday evening, handling Rutgers Newark, 3-0, in EIVA Hay action.

The win snaps the Pride three-match losing streak and brings it's record to 12-5, 5-1 in league play.

Springfield needed just 1:10 to capture the match as it won by the scores of 30-13, 30-18, 30-22.

In the opening stanza, Springfield jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back. Hitting .667 in the opening game compared to the Scarlet Knights -.074, the Pride won the opening game by a score of 30-13. In impressive fashion, a double block by Ryan Fredrickson and Cal Palumbo closed the door on the first game.

After a Pride attack error made the score 17-12 in the second game, SC responded with a 7-0 run to blow open the game. Eventually winning the game, 30-18, the Pride hit .478 compared to Rutger's .038, once again dominating on the offensive side of the ball.

The third game was far closer, with Rutgers drawing within three at 24-21 after a Pride error. Once again though, a Springfied run proved to be the difference, with the Pride ending the game on a 6-0 run to sweep the match. Springfield's AJ Nally had a pair of kills in the run, while the Pride also posted three double blocks with Andy Sipe in on all of the stops.

Mark Ribeiro led the way with a match-high 12 kills on an impressive .733 hitting percentage. Nally added 11 kills while Fredrickson added nine kills. Cal Palumbo was sensational out of the middle, hitting a perfect 1.000 for the second time this season with seven kills. Sipe finished with eight blocks while Eric Shoemaker dished out 35 assists in the win. The Pride tallied 57.5 points in the match compared to Rutgers' 37.5

Sophomore outside hitter Nate Stott paced the Scarlet Raiders (5-11, EIVA Hay 3-3) with 10 kills while freshman setter Jeff Zornig tallied 32 assists. Freshman outside hitter Grant Metheny had eight kills, a team-high four digs and two assisted blocks for Rutgers-Newark while sophomore middle blocker Jon Keller had a team-high four assisted blocks and four kills.

The Pride return to Blake Arena on Friday evening when it plays its first match of a three-game homestand against Sacred Heart. First serve is slated for 7:00 pm.

Article courtesy of Springfield athletics.

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