Springfield College men’s volleyball survived another week as the nation’s No. 1 and showed their worthiness of that top spot sweeping both games of their trimatch against the Sage Gators and Rivier on Saturday.
The days first match against Sage marked the return of senior outside Ricard Padilla Ayala who went down with an MCL sprain during the Morgan Classic. The Bayamon, P.R. native reached 10 kills on 17 attempts, four digs, and three aces.
In the second set of this contest, Sage senior Ryan Guyton notched his 1000th career kill, but
The Pride were too strong of a unit and put down the Gators by scores of: 25-19, 25-15, 25-22.
Graduate student Sean Zuvich was the leading attacker for the Pride hitting at a .357 clip and notching a match-high 14 kills. During the final set of the afternoon, Zuvich was removed from the game and was treated by team trainers. He did not participate in the Pride’s second match, but was present on the sideline in a sling.
In the night cap, Springfield faced off against Rivier and once again dominated in straight sets.
Freshman, Eli Gabrielle Irizarry Pares had 33 assists in the final match and added five kills on a .667 clip, an ace, and a dig to his stat line.
“We just created our own atmosphere here. We injected our culture and our level of play,” head coach Charlie Sullivan said. “I thought we were pretty aggressive which was nice.”
The Pride’s aggression was definitely on display against Rivier holding them to a hitting percentage at .172 or below through the duration of the three sets.
Springfield has won 30 consecutive sets on their 10 game win streak. They will look to continue this streak away from home when they face Baruch on Friday, March 2 at 6pm.