The Springfield College Pride rolled through an overmatched Emmanuel College on Tuesday night in Blake Arena. Following a tough loss to Concordia University in the championship game of the Morgan Classic Volleyball Hall of Fame Tournament, the Pride returned to action in dominating fashion.
The Pride went up early in the first set before taking home the match in straight sets 25-16, 25-16 and 25-17.
Angel Perez led the Pride offense with nine kills while Sean Zuvich added six and Luis Vega, Sean Peterson and Jimmy O’Leary all tallied five kills. Luis Garcia Rubio had a game high 27 assists while the Pride racked up 12 team blocks on the game, holding Emmanuel to just 3.5.
With the win, the Pride improve to 13-7 on the year while the Saints drop to 6-8.
“We were able to have our errors bleed out (last weekend against Concordia),” said coach Charlie Sullivan. “We saw what we have to get better at. It was a good bubble of reality.”
Peterson got things going early for the Pride tallying four kills in the first set alone, giving the Pride an early 13-11 edge. The Pride followed on a 11-1 run, capped off by a kill from O’Leary. Springfield put the game away when an Emmanuel kill attempt sailed out-of-bounds.
The second set saw similar results. Peterson and company got the Pride up early with a key block, before Perez sailed in for a kill to make it 10-5. Eric Jonson dropped in a soft serve to make it 21-12 before Perez floated in from behind Nick Ferry to land the set-winning kill.
The Saints managed to keep it close in the third set. After a block attempt sailed out of bounds, Springfield mishandled a serve to make it 15-14, Springfield. Vega followed with a kill and an ace to bring the lead back to three. The Pride extended the lead using Saint miscues, as Emmanuel consistently sent kill attempts long, and Greg Woods finished the game off with an ace.
“It was great,” said Sullivan. “When you see a big block like Concordia and the blocks look a little smaller tonight, it makes our attackers a little more confident.”
The Pride looked re-energized on Tuesday night following the discouraging loss to Concordia. They trailed just four times the entire night due to their offense dominating all night.
On the defensive side of the things, the Pride kept the Saints’ leading scorer Ashanti Jackson off the scoreboard at the beginning of the match, helping Springfield establish an early advantage. Jackson failed to register a kill in the first set before tallying 10 over the course of the final two, all to no avail.
The Pride return to action on Saturday when they host Baruch and Wentworth in a double-header.