The fourth ranked Springfield Pride (17-7) increased their win streak to five on Monday with a three-set sweep, lasting only 64 minutes, over Marymount University (6-11) in Blake Arena. Springfield College defeated the Saints by scores of 25-16, 25-15, and 25-18 respectively.
Senior Jimmy O’Leary, who was celebrating his 22nd birthday and suffering from an illness, led the Pride with a match-high 10 kills at an astounding .692 hitting percentage while added five blocks at the net.
“Regardless of how I felt,” O’Leary said, “I knew I was going to play, and help my team play well. It was more a sense of being there for my team than anything that helped me push through.”
Freshman Sean Zuvich was errorless for the Pride in eight swings and managed to dock seven kills. Senior Ryan Malone registered eight kills while hitting .583.
Junior Keaton Pieper, who set up many of the kills, and posted 26 assists, a match-high, and freshman Luis Rubio had eight of his own.
The Saints brought just eight players (6 Freshman, 2 Juniors) to Blake Arena, as the Marymount volleyball team comes to the final stretch of their program’s first year.
Head Coach Hudson Bates was pleased of the poise that his team showed.
“It was a good experience for us,” Bates said. “[Springfield College] plays at the level that we aspire to achieve. It was good to come here, and get these boys acclimated to the play. The experience was good for us moving forward.”
Coach Bates received great play Bryce Ernsberger who was all over the court, recording 10 kills, five digs, and two blocks. Bronson Summer-Torres helped the Saints with 21 assists. Marymount would like to improve on their less-than-impressive hitting percentage of .226 when they face off against the Pride again on Saturday, April 25 in Blake Arena.
This week, Marymount will play at Harvard on Tuesday and at MIT on Wednesday.
The Pride will travel to #13 Baruch College (New York, N.Y.) on Thursday, just 12-days after the two teams met for a rematch in Blake Arena. Springfield College was victorious in 3-2 in this competitive matchup.
“We just have to keep working on the things that we know we have to do to get better,” Springfield College Head Coach Charlie Sullivan said. “It doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we just need to keep our focus on the task at hand.”
The Pride will finish their four-game week with a tri-match at Vassar College with Sacred Heart University.