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Springfield Athletics | April 26, 2014

Springfield advances to third consecutive NCAA final

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Springfield advanced to the 2014 NCAA Division III championship after a three-game sweep of Carthage in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon at Juniata’s Sports and Recreation Center. Set scores were 25-16, 25-23, 25-21.

It marks the fifth consecutive season that Springfield has advanced to the national championship. The championship match will be played on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET and the Pride will square off against the winner of Juniata vs. New Paltz.

The victory boosts the top-seeded Pride to a 26-8 record this season, including 25-3 against Division III opponents.

Springfield and Carthage had met three times earlier in their history, the last coming when the Pride swept the Red Men in the 2012 NCAA Division III national championship.

Luis Vega led all players with 17 kills at a .389 clip, while Sean Zuvich notched nine kills and a team-best nine digs. AVCA Division III National Player of the Year Jimmy O’Leary, produced eight kills on a .500 hitting percentage to go along with a match-best five blocks, and Keaton Pieper recorded 31 assists as he guided the Pride to a .312 hitting percentage in the match.