POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — No. 3 Springfield defeated Johnson and Wales and No. 11 Vassar to win the Vassar Invitational on Saturday. The Pride opened up the second day sweeping JWU, 25-15, 25-17, 25-16, before grinding out a 21-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-27, 15-10 win against Vassar.
The Pride are 25-5 on the season, matching the most wins in a season since the 1974-75 team won 25 matches. Springfield has won its last 13 matches, tying their longest winning streak since 2003.
Springfield’s offense had its way with Johnson and Wales, hitting .450 for the contest. Evan Acanfora powered the way for the Pride with 15 kills at a .571 clip, while John Coen added 11 kills and three aces.
Jimmy O’Leary hit .900 out of the middle with nine kills and Jordan Robinson picked up a team-best seven digs. Mike Becker finished the match with 30 assists and Ryan Lilley added 10 helpers.
In the win against the Brewers, Springfield hit .409 and totaled 74 kills, its highest total in a match this season. Becker tied a career-high with 64 assists, while Mike Pelletier had 15 kills, hitting .406, to go along with 20 digs.
Greg Falcone continued to step his game up, notching 16 kills and eight blocks while hitting .667. Alistair Matthews totaled a team-best 18 kills and both O’Leary and Angel Perez tallied 11 kills. Nick Ferry finished with a match-best 22 digs.