It was the second time the Springfield College men’s volleyball team faced the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards this season. Sweeping Wentworth another time, the Pride are hot winning 18 of their last 19 matches. Flying high towards victory, the Pride are humbled by their journey.
“I play for the team, I do not play for myself,” Jonathan Rodriguez Lopez claims. On a mission of consistency and success each member of the Pride puts the team and their goal above all. Advancing their record on the season to 18-1, the Pride were lead Saturday afternoon by a menacing .571 hitting percentage by Luis Vega and dominating blocking performance by Jonathan Rodriguez Lopez, who captured five blocks in a twelve block game.
Set one opened up in favor of the Pride. Springfield wasted no time making it known to the Leopards that they were here to dominate. In a three point burst by the Pride early in the first, fans saw glimpses of the depth Springfield College volleyball has. Vega flew high out of the back-row and punished a ball, Rodriguez Lopez commanded the net shutting down the offense of the Leopards, Evans enforced the front row effort with a service ace. Racing off to an 11-3 start, Wentworth called a timeout to collect themselves and stop the momentum of the Pride.
Wentworth was unable to answer back to the authority of the Springfield Pride. Concluding the set with a .000 hitting percentage the Leopards were dominated by the merciless .417 hitting percentage produced by the Pride. Springfield closing out set one 25-15.
Set two and three were a coast to the 3-0 sweep. Glimpses of a championship team throughout until the knockout punch in the third by Trevor Mattson who hit .389 on the afternoon. The Pride concluded the day hitting .409, and dominated the service line once again collecting eight service aces.
An 18 game win streak leaves the Pride just short of perfection. Beating the reigning National champions New Paltz St. last week in a 4 set match, and returning to the familiar 3-0 sweep that we saw the entire month of February. The Pride have began their journey leaving their supporters, and the Springfield College community with the highest of expectations for the boys. Despite the evident success the men remain humble to their journey.
The depth of Springfield College volleyball runs deep. A team who hits .400 consistently and never wavers to far from their excellence. Ricardo Padilla Ayala ranks No.8 in the nation for service aces. Luis Vega finds himself in the top three of Hitting percentage, Points per set, and kills per set. Luis Garcia Rubio ranks No.3 for assists per set. Jonathan Rodriguez Lopez ranking in the top 35 in the nation for blocks per set. Sergio Figueroa Velez once ranking No.2 for services aces before falling to an injury. Springfield College, ranking No.1 in the nation, is taking the season by storm.
Ranked No.7 in the nation, the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards were no match for No.1.
“[We] Focus on one thing at a time” said sophomore Rodriguez.