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Top-Ranked Men's Volleyball Cruises Past Wells and No. 12 Lasell

Springfield, Mass. - February 18, 2017 - The Springfield College men's volleyball team earned two straight-set win over Wells College and Lasell College on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena.  

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 13-1 with the wins. 

Springfield will hit the road on Wednesday to face 8th-ranked Vassar for a 7 pm match. 

Springfield 3, Wells 0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-18)
The Springfield College men's volleyball team earned a straight-set win over Wells in its first match of the day as it posted a .392 hitting percentage.  Jason Weedon (North Tustin, Calif.) tallied 10 kills on 15 errorless swings, while Sean Zuvich (San Pedro, Calif.) added 10 kills of his own.  Mike Neary (Ventura, Calif.) was credited with 30 assists in directing the Pride's offense, Sergio Figueroa Velez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) delivered four aces, Joseth Irizarry Feliciano (Adjuntas, Puero Rico) led all players with four blocks, and Johjan Mussa Robles (Caugas, Puerto Rico) produced a career-best 11 digs.  

Leading 9-8 in the first set, Springfield put together an 11-3 burst to seize control of the frame after a kill from Figueroa Velez put the hosts ahead 20-11.  The hosts eased their way to a 25-15 win following a crosscourt kill by Weedon as Springfield finished the frame hitting .455, bolsted by five kills from Figueroa Velez. 

Figueroa Velez continued to have the hot hand in the second, ripping four aces in the early going to give the Pride a comfortable 7-0 lead.  Springfield was never threatened in the frame, posting a .542 hitting percentage thanks to a combined 11 kills from Weedon and Zuvich, en route to a 25-12 victory.

The Pride's offense struggled to begin the third set and Springfield found itself trailing 8-6.  However, Zuvich had his hand in an ace, kill, and block as part of a 8-2 Springfield burst which put the Pride ahead 14-10.  The visitors would get no closer than three the rest of the way as the Pride wrapped up a 25-18 win following the 14th attack error of the match for Wells. 

Springfield 3, Lasell 0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-18)

Luis Garcia Rubio (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) put together a tremendous offense performance for the Pride, collecting 32 assists en route to leading Springfield to a .536 hitting percentage.  Luis Vega (Corozal, Puerto Rico) posted 11 kills, hitting .476, and Ricardo Padilla Ayala (San Juan, Puerto Rico) added 10 kills at a .562 clip.  Kyle Jasuta (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) finished the match with seven kills and three blocks, and Sergio Figueroa Velez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) totaled three of the Pride's nine aces.  Eli Irizarry Pares (San Juan, Puerto Rico) was solid defensively all night, registering a match-best nine digs. 

With the win, Springfield has now defeated five nationally ranked teams this season.

Springfield jumped out to a 7-1 lead following consecutive aces by Figueroa Velez and the visitors burned a quick timeout.   After the Lasers closed within 12-7, the Pride put together a 9-3 surge, getting back-to-back aces from Padilla Ayala for the 21-10 advantage.   The Pride finished with eight aces in the set, including three from Figueroa Velez, and finished with a .500 hitting percentage, with both Vega and Padilla Ayala totaling four kills each.

The visitors gained a 3-1 lead to begin the second set, but the Pride would seize an 11-8 advantage thanks to a 5-0 burst that featured three blocks from Jasuta.  Springfield didn't let up, and another ace from Tucker Evans (Midlothian, Va.) found the back line for the 20-12 lead before Padilla muscled Springfield's 16th kill for the 25-14 win.  The Pride did not commit an error in the stanza, hitting .727 behind five kills from Trevor Mattson (Redlands, Calif.).

Consecutive kills in transition by Jasuta pushed the Pride out to a 7-2 cushion, but the Lasers would battle back within two on six occasions.  Behind the outstanding defense of Irizarry Pares, the Pride put together a 3-0 run to force the visitors into a timeout trailing 19-14 following a kill by Vega.   The Lasers would get no closer than four and Mattson finished the match with a cross court kill for the 25-18 win.