Poughkeepsie, N.Y. - February 22, 2017 - The top-ranked Springfield College men's volleyball team continued its winning ways as it delivered a straight-set victory at nationally-ranked Vassar College on Wednesday night. The Pride won by the set scores of 25-16, 25-23, 25-13.
The Pride, which was once again voted the top-ranked men's volleyball program in Division III in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Poll, improved to 14-1 with the win, while the sixth-ranked Brewers dropped to 12-6.
Luis Vega (Corozal, Puerto Rico) was dominant in the win for the Pride, totaling a match-high 14 kills at a .571 clip. Luis Garcia Rubio (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) handed out 36 assists in leading the Pride to a .398 hitting percentage, while Trevor Mattson (Redlands, Calif.) chipped in 10 kills of his own. Eli Irizarry Pares (San Juan, Puerto Rico) was credited with 10 digs, and both Garcia Rubio and Jonathan Rodriguez Lopez (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) paced the Pride with three blocks apiece.
Tied at six in the opening set, Springfield put together a 6-0 burst to earn a 12-6 lead thanks to a pair of kills from Ricardo Padilla Ayala (San Juan, Puerto Rico). The Brewers would get no closer than five the remainder as the set as Springfield, which would hit .448 in the set, coasted to a 25-16 win. Vega paced the Springfield attack with six kills on nine errorless attempts .
The Pride owned a 15-11 advantage in the second when Garcia Rubio and Rodriguez Lopez combined for a block, but the hosts would eventually even things at 22-all on their second ace of the set. A kill from Padilla Ayala would later give the Pride set point before Kyle Jasuta (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) finished a ball out of the middle for the 25-23 win.
Vega put a ball away early in the third to give Springfield a 5-1 lead, only to have the hosts respond with a 6-1 push to retake the lead. The Pride answered with 13 of the next 16 points to put the set out of reach behind four kills from Mattson. Springfield would go on to hit .429 in the set and hold Vassar to a .000 hitting percentage en route to the 25-13 win.
The Pride will return to Blake Arena on Saturday for to host a tri-match consisting of Sage and Johnson & Wales which will begin at 1:00 pm.