Saturday night, Springfield College breezed past Newbury College in three sets. Jason Weedon led the team with 11 kills followed by Ryan Malone with 10 and Sean Zuvich with 9. Both teams served the ball exceptionally well, but Tucker Evans led Springfield with 4 aces assisted by Luis Garcia, who had an additional 31 assists.
The Pride started off strong in the first set. Evans and Weedon came out and had team’s first four kills. The Pride did not let up and carried on with an 11-0 run to win 25-10.
The second set was more of a back and forth battle for the teams. Zuvich pushed the team with his aces for a comfortable lead. The battle did not end there as Newbury pushed back with 2 blocks. As Newbury started to lose their control, they called for a timeout, but Springfield fired out of the timeout with 5 points in a row.
In the third set it was another back and forth battle. The Pride came out ready to end the game, but Newbury refused to give up despite Springfield’s energy. When freshman Evan Koehler came into play and almost immediately got an ace, his entire team burst into a roar of cheers along with enthusiastic chants from the crowd. That was the fire that the Pride needed to put away the game and the punch from the role players the coach and teammates had been anticipating. After a solid 19 kills, Springfield won at 25-17.
After the game, the boys shook hands and came out to applaud the energy and support of the crowd as a thank you for the constant encouragement and cheers. “It was really just a good display all around. We showed how deep our team is and the quality of the guys in the program. It was the best opportunity for everyone to get in and showcase their skills,” said Greg Woods. “We were confidant, communicated constantly, and had a lot of footwork as coach always says.” As the season winds down, Springfield will look to continue its drive towards the postseason. Woods says, “It’s a big week coming up for games, but a bigger week for practices.”