First year program Arcadia University Knights traveled to Blake Arena for a 5 pm showdown against the No. 1 Nationally ranked Springfield College Pride. The knights came into the dual 5-4 on the season. The Pride were coming in hot on a nine game win streak, picking up another win earlier in the day against Suny-Poly, advancing their overall record to 9-1.
The Springfield College men’s volleyball swept the Arcadia Knights in a Saturday night showdown, advancing their overall season record to 10-1. Sophomore Mike Neary (Ventura, Calif.) controlled the offense with 28 assists, leading the Pride to a .400+ hitting percentage for the seventh time this season. Sergio Figueroa Velez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) lead the offense with 10 kills on the night hitting an outstanding .625. Accompanying Figueroa Velez was senior Jason Weedon (North Tustin, Calif.), who finished the night with 8 kills. As a team they collected seven service aces, four of which came from Figueroa Velez. It was total domination in Blake Arena as the team held the Knights to a .038 hitting percentage with a season-best 15 blocks.
It was a tug of war for the lead at the beginning of set one until Figueroa Velez tore it open with three consecutive service aces, forcing Arcadia into a time out at 13-5. The Pride cruised to the end of the set hitting an almost flawless .769, until junior Joseth Irizarry Feliciano (Adjuntas, Puerto Rico) took the finish into his own hands with back to back points, one demolishing a ball out of the middle then another at the service line, closing out the set 25-12, with one of the seven aces on the night.
First year program, Arcadia, answers back in set two where the Pride will find themselves tied 10-10 before Weedon and Figueroa Velez collect 5 back to back points. From this point on the Pride had full control, closing out set two 25-19. Opening up set three, the team captured a cushion early on and maintained the lead the entire set. Later on in the set Weedon finishes on a long rally stretching the lead 18-13. From this point on, the Pride closed out the match with ease with huge blocks by Figueroa Velez accompanied by Shaun Ermi and Mike Neary. They close out set three with a strong 25-16 finish, hitting an effortless .474. The Pride are set to play next at Wentworth on Tues. February 14th.