SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - March 11, 2008 - All-American Ryan Fredrickson (Surf City, N.J.) notched a game-high 17 kills to power the No. 5 Springfield College men's volleyball team to a 3-0 win over New Paltz on Tuesday evening.
With the win, the Pride improves to 15-5 while the Hawks fall to 9-20. In the non-conference matchup, Springfield won by game scores 30-24, 30-22, 30-17.
After a Ryan Huberty kill cut the Pride’s lead to two at 13-11, Springfield opened up a 9-3 run to take control of game one. The Hawks battled back to cut the lead to three after a Pride attack error, making the score 25-22. A pair of kills from All-American Andy Sipe (New Oxford, Pa.) gave Springfield all the momentum it would need as it held on for a 30-24 victory. Springfield’s offense was unstoppable in the opening frame, hitting .500 as it recorded 20 kills with just three errors. Fredrickson led the way with seven kills in the first game while Sipe added four.
The second game was back and forth as Springfield held just a one-point advantage, 17-16, after an SC attack error. Fueled by a pair of aces from Eric Palumbo (Chili, N.Y.) and Mark Ribeiro (New York, N.Y.), Springfield closed out the game on a 13-6 run en route to a 30-22 victory. The Pride held the Hawks to a .038 hitting percentage with just seven kills, while the home squad hammered out 14 kills at a .438 clip. In the second game, Brandon Waas (Spencerport, N.Y.) had six of his game-high nine digs.
The Pride cruised to a 30-17 game three victory as it took advantage of New Paltz’s .028 hitting percentage. The Pride, which recorded six total team blocks in the third stanza, was paced by Fredrickson’s seven kills. Leading 16-9, Springfield went on a 7-1 run to open its largest lead of the game, 23-10, after another Ribeiro ace. Ribeiro closed out the match for Springfield with his sixth kill of the match.
Fredrickson led the way with 17 kills, hitting .500 to go along with six blocks and five digs. Cal Palumbo (Rochester, N.Y.) added eight kills, hitting .538, to go along with five blocks as well. Ribeiro added six kills, four aces, and three blocks, while Sipe chipped in with eight kills on a .636 clip, four blocks, and two aces. Waas registered nine digs in just two games while Eric Shoemaker (Mount Wolf, Pa.) dished out 42 assists in the win.
The Hawks were led by Huberty’s 10 kills, while teammate Alexander Johnson added nine kills.
The Pride hits the road for a key matchup on Friday when it takes on rival and No. 1-ranked Juniata in Huntingdon, Pa. First serve is slated for 7:00 pm.