SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 3 Springfield team cruised past No. 14 Baruch and Wentworth to win the Springfield Invitational on Saturday. The Pride bested Baruch 25-14, 25-21, 25-22 before downing Wentworth 25-21, 25-18, 25-16.
The Pride improved their record to 21-5.
In the victory against Baruch, the Pride were efficient, hitting .487. Mike Becker finished with 38 assists. Alistair Matthews continued to shine on the right side, totaling a match-high 13 kills at a .579 clip and Angel Perez added nine kills, four digs and three blocks.
Springfield’s middles were both effective as Greg Falcone hit .727 with eight kills and four blocks while Jimmy O’Leary notched seven kills at four blocks of his own. Nick Ferry added a match-best eight digs.
The Bearcats finished the afternoon hitting .189 with a balanced offensive attack. Both Jack McKee and Nick Smith registered eight kills, while Vincent Cruz chipped in seven. McKee had a team-best three blocks and Danny Olson handed out 26 assists.
Jeff Gutmann put together a strong performance in his final regular season home game against Wentworth. Gutmann hammered out 16 kills, with no errors, to hit a scorching .727 to go along with four digs and three blocks. John Coen notched seven kills and a match-high four blocks and Mike Becker delivered 36 assists in leading Springfield to a .451 hitting percentage.
Wentworth’s Ross Burdett recorded 12 kills at a .500 clip, while Nate Perry added 10 kills. Rick Pignataro finished with a match-high six digs and Tyer Moriarty was credited with 22 assists in two sets. For the match, Wentworth hit .203.