SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- April 1, 2008 - Eric Palumbo (Chili, N.Y.) continued his hot play of late as he led the way with a match-high 16 kills to lead No. 4 Springfield College past Rutgers-Newark in an EIVA Hay Conference match on Tuesday evening in Blake Arena.
With the win, the Pride improve to 17-6, 8-1 in league play while the Scarlet Raiders fall to 6-16, 4-5.
The Pride won the match by the scores 30-23, 30-23, 29-31, and 30-17.
Springfield led the majority of the opening game as the Scarlet Raiders cut the Pride’s lead to 20-18 after a Pride service error. From that error, Springfield rattled off a 10-5 run en route to a 30-23 opening game victory. In the run for the Pride, the blocking of Andy Sipe (New Oxford, Pa.) was sensational, as he recorded back-to-back solo stuffs to pace the Pride’s defensive efforts.
In the second game, Springfield’s offense started to click as it hit .500 as a team in the stanza. Once again, the Pride got out to a strong start until Rutgers-Newark cut it to one, 10-9, after a Jon Keller service ace. Springfield put together a 9-5 capped off by a Ryan Fredrickson (Cedar Run, N.J.) kill to take control of the game. Fredrickson was unstoppable in the second game as he recorded six kills on just seven attempts as he hit at a .857 clip.
With several new faces on the court for Charlie Sullivan’s squad in the third game, the Pride were in control throughout the start of the stanza, leading by as many as four at 21-17 after a Rutgers-Newark error. Rutgers-Newark responded with a 8-2 run capped off by a Kenneth Stumbaugh kill to take a 25-23 lead. Springfield eventually battled back to knot it at 29 after a Nate Stott service error, but consecutive kills from Kenny Rienecker brought the score to two games to one in favor of SC.
In the fourth game, Springfield opened up a quick 3-0 lead after a Fredrickson service ace and a double block from Fredrickson and Sipe. After the Scarlet Knights brought it within four at 10-6 after a Stott kill, the Pride rattled off 15 of the games next 21 points as it grabbed a commanding 25-12. Fredrickson closed out the game with his 15th kill of the match as the Pride won 30-17. In the fourth game, the Pride hit an impressive .619 as a team.
Eric Palumbo finished with a match-high 16 kills on a sparkling .458 hitting percentage to go along with two aces and five digs. Fredrickson finished with 15 kills, hitting .370, to go along with two aces, two blocks, and five digs. Chris Shekell (Rochester, N.Y.) dished out 36 assists in the win, while AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.) came off the bench to add seven kills and three blocks, hitting .462. Sipe also chipped in with five kills and eight blocks in the win.
Rienecker paced the Scarlet Raiders with 16 kills and Stott added 12 in the loss. Jeff Zornig dished out 42 assts for Rutgers-Newark as well.
Springfield returns to action on Friday evening at 7:00 pm when it takes on rival, and second-ranked NYU at 7:00 pm in Blake Arena.