SPRINGFIELD, Mass., – February 18, 2006 – Eric Palumbo recorded a team-high 10 kills, but it was far from enough as Palumbo and his Springfield College men’s volleyball teammates fell to St. Francis University, 3-0, this afternoon in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Game scores were 30-24, 30-21, 30-25.
With the win, St. Francis upped its overall record to 7-5. With the loss, Springfield is now 5-8. The Pride has now been beaten in 6 straight matches.
One night before, SC had fallen to the nation’s #1-ranked team in Division III, Juniata, also by a 3-0 count in Huntington, Pennsylvania.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Palumbo, besides tallying 10 kills, was also credited with three digs and hit .333 overall. He is the reigning EIVA Player of the Week. Also playing well for SC were sophomore opposite David Smietana (Buffalo, N.Y.) with 7 kills, 3 service aces, 4 blocks, and a .583 hitting percentage. Freshman middle blocker Andrew Sipe (New Oxford, Penn.) had 6 kills and a .455 hitting percentage.
For St. Francis, kill leaders included Marc Honore with 16 and Jim Fazzini with 15. Honore hit .520, Fazzini .636. Travis Fox had 8 kills and hit .583, while Jonathan Sherrick had 6 kills and 5 blocks, hitting .750.
The Springfield men’s volleyball team, ranked #6 in the latest AVCA Division III poll, will continue its road show next week, first at Vassar on Tuesday (Feb. 21) at 7 pm, then at NJIT on Friday (Feb. 24) at 7 pm. Springfield will host NYU on Saturday (Feb. 25) at 7 pm.