Newton, Mass. - April 2, 2019 - The Springfield College men's volleyball team bounced back from dropping the opening set to defeat Lasell on Tuesday night, as the Pride won by the scores of 21-25, 25-10, 25-15, 25-10.
Ranked No. 2 in the the most recent American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III National Poll for the fifth-straight week, Springfield is now 23-2 on the year and has won its last eight matches. The loss dropped Lasell to 12-14.
Brennen Brandow (Manorville, N.Y.) notched a match-best 16 kills to go along with 10 digs, while fellow outside Eli Irizarry Pares (Baymon, Puerto Rico) produced 13 kills at a .632 hitting percentage. Eli Gabriel Irizarry Pares (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) was credited with 39 assists, eight digs, four kills, and two aces and Kyle Jasuta (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) delivered 10 kills at a .500 clip, a career-high nine digs, and three blocks. Johjan Mussa Robles (Caguas, Puerto Rico) tallied a team-best 12 digs as Springfield held a 61-38 advantage in digs for the match. For the night, Springfield hit .341 as a team.
In the opening set, Lasell jumped out to a 6-0 lead as Springfield committed five attack errors in the early going. A kill from Mike Neary (Ventura, Calif.) would later even the frame at 12-all, only to have the hosts take advantage of five more Springfield miscues as part of an 8-2 push to open up a 20-14 advantage. The Pride would get no closer than three points as it dropped the 25-21 decision in a frame where it hit just .075 as a team.
The visitors regrouped and raced out to an 8-3 cushion to begin the second set. Springfield would manage to put away 15 kills at a .448 percentage in the set while holding the Lasers to a -.067 clip, as it coasted to the 25-10 win. Springfield used another fast start to take control of the third, seizing a 10-4 lead before the hosts whistled for a timeout. Springfield would ease its way to a 25-15 win to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Pride's offense was sensational in the fourth set as it erupted for 21 kills on 26 swings from a remarkable .731 hitting percentage. Even at 19 late in the set, consecutive kills from Jasuta and Neary kickstarted a 6-1 burst to close the match, as the Pride earned a 25-20 win.
Springfield will play head to New York for a tri-match at Vassar with Daemen on Saturday starting at 2 pm.
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