Newark, N.J. - April 9, 2016 - The Springfield College men's volleyball team rallied for a five-set win in its regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon against Division I foe New Jersey Institute of Technology in the Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center.
Men's Volleyball Rallies For Five-Set Win At Division I NJIT
Apr 09, 2016
Winning by the set scores of 21-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 15-13, Springfield raised its record to 26-3. NJIT is 8-16 and has dropped three consecutive losses after it won six in a row between March 8 and April 1.
Luis Vega (Corozal, Puerto Rico) was dominant in the victory over the Highlanders as he racked up 24 kills on a .409 hitting percentage to go along with nine blocks and eight digs. Julian Welsh-White (Collingswood, N.J.) posted 10 kills and eight blocks, while Kyle Jasuta (Manhattan Beach, Calif). totaled 12 kills. Greg Woods (Middletown, Conn.) added 13 kills and Ricardo Padilla Ayala (San Juan, Puerto Rico) was credited with a match-best 10 digs. Luis Garcia Rubio (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) handed out 61 assists in leading the Pride to a .323 hitting percentage.
The Pride dropped the opening set as the hosts produced 7.0 team blocks and limited Springfield to just a .065 hitting percentage. The second set had 14 ties, but the visitors came out ahead at the end, 25-22. The Highlanders had a 19-18 lead after a Springfield attack error, but the Pride rallied for three unanswered points, including a kill and block from Vega, to go up 21-19. NJIT closed the gap to a single point three more times, but Springfield took advantage of NJIT errors for the last two points of the set.
Springfield took an early 4-1 lead in the third set after a kill by Woods, but the Highlanders drew even at 6-6 for the first of 10 ties in the set. NJIT was ahead 23-21 after a kill, but three straight service errors ensued, two by the Highlanders, before NJIT sealed the 25-23 win on a kill.
Springfield evened the match at two sets apiece with a relatively easy 25-19 win that had just two tie scores. Woods and Vega each had five kills in the set and they combined for only one error, as the Pride hit an impressive .567 (19 kills, 2 errors, 30 attempts) in the set.
That brought things down to a deciding fifth set that featured six ties. Springfield stormed out to a 5-2 lead thanks to four Highlander errors, only to have the hosts scrap back to earn a 10-10 tie. There were ties at 11-11 and 12-12, but used a kill by Vega and an attack error by NJIT to get within one of match point, 14-12. NJIT
extended his final home match by two more points, but Vega notched a kill on the next play to lock up the 15-13 win in the set and the match victory.
Springfield will now await to find out if it earns a bid to the NCAA Division III Championship when it watches the national selection show on Monday, April 11 at 10 am on NCAA.com