Feb. 24, 2007
Springfield, MA - Sophomore Andy Sipe totaled a match-high 11 kills, seven blocks and seven digs as as Springfield beat Sacred Heart, 3-0 (30-19, 30-25, 30-23), over Friday nbight in Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Hay Division play at Blake Arena.
Pride sophomore opposite Ryan Fredrickson equaled Sipe's total of 11 kills to go along with eight digs and two blocks. Freshman outside hitter AJ Nally was the other member of SC to rack up double figures in kills with 10. Senior Peter Sander produced a team-best 11 digs at the libero position, and freshman setter Eric Shoemaker had a solid match with 40 assists, four digs and four blocks.
Sacred Heart was led by junior outside hitter Brian Rosa (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) with 11 kills and just four errors on 23 swings for a .304 hitting percentage. Sophomore libero Daniel Donohue (Nutley, N.J.) led all players with 16 digs, as freshman outside hitter Kalani Efstathiou (Beaverton, Ore.) recorded 12 digs and seven kills.
After the Pride opened the match with a convincing 30-19 win, SC appeared to be in complete control when it opened up game two on a 9-3 run. The Pioneers would not go away quietly, however, as Sacred Heart rallied to pull within three (20-17) off a kill from junior middle blocker Brendan Donohue (Melville, N.Y.). That would be as close as the Pioneers would get, although, and the Pride captured game two by a 30-25 margin.
The start of the third game was a back-and-forth affair, with the score tied at four different junctures. SC took control with the score tied at 13-all by going on a 9-5 run capped by a Fredrickson kill to take a 22-18 lead. The Pride then rolled the rest of the way to take the game and the match, 30-23.
The Pioneers are of until Friday, March 2, when they visit Vassar. The match is set to start at 7:00 pm.