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Career bests lifts Springfield to two wins

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Sophomore Luis Vega registered a career-best 19 kills to power Springfield to a four-set win versus Kean on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena. The Pride won by the scores of 26-28, 25-11, 25-17, 25-21.

With the win against Kean, the fourth-ranked Pride knocked off its second nationally ranked team of the week as it bested No. 2 New Paltz on Thursday. Springfield is now 7-4 on the year, while the 14th-ranked Cougars drop to 3-6.

Vega was dominant for the Pride, totaling 19 kills at a .412 clip. Ryan Malone filled the stat sheet with 10 kills, eight digs and five blocks, while Jimmy O'Leary posted eight kills on a 12 errorless swings for a .667 hitting percentage. Keaton Pieper led Springfield's offense to a .352 hitting percentage with 46 helpers, and Nick Ferry notched a season-best 11 digs.

Leading the way with a career-high 14 kills from sophomore outside hitter Greg Woods, Springfield defeated the Daniel Webster Eagles in three games by the scores of 25-15,25-16,25-16 on Saturday evening in Blake Arena. Following the victory, Springfield improves to 8-4 on the season, while the Eagles fall to 1-6 overall.

Midway through the first set, the Pride found itself down 12-11, only to go on a 5-1 run, receiving kills from Jimmy O’Leary, Ryan Malone and Woods, forcing a timeout from Daniel Webster.

Coming out of the timeout, senior Ryan Lilley served 10 consecutive points, sending Springfield went on a 9-1 run. The Pride capped off the run with a huge kill from Malone and hitting error from Daniel Webster outside hitter Joe Walz to make it 23-13.

No. 1 Juniata 3, No. 10 Carthage 2
No. 1 Juniata 3, Milwaukee Engineering 0

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Juniata continued its winning streak Saturday night at the Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) Crossover Weekend. The Eagles defeated Carthage 3-2 (25-23, 23-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-7) and swept Milwaukee Engineering (MSOE) in three sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-21). Juniata improved to 10-1 overall with the wins.

Juniata opened the day with its fifth win versus a ranked opponent this season and third five-set match. After winning set one, the Eagles were down 16-7 before making a run. They were down 19-15 when junior Paul Kuhn scored back-to-back service aces. A solo block by sophomore Chad Albert put Juniata down by one and another ace from Kuhn tied the set up at 19-all.

There were fresh faces in the match against MSOE. Junior Joe Bortak and sophomore Matthew Kinnebrew led with a team-high eight kills. Bortak earned his on nine swings with one error for a .778 percentage. Sophomore Carlos Faccio and Elias ran the offense together. Elias finished with 15 assists and Faccio earned 11, respectively.

It was freshman Kyle Seeley and senior Ross Madden who dominated defensively at the net. The pair came away with six and five blocks, respectively.

No. 2 New Patlz State 3, D'Youville 0
No. 2 New Patlz State 3, No. 7 Elmira 1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- New Paltz State remained undefeated in United Volleyball Conference (UVC) play on Saturday afternoon, beating D'Youville 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-13) and Elmira College 3-1 (25-22, 26-24, 21-25, 25-22), on the first day of UVC Crossover No. 1.

New Paltz rises to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the UVC, while D'Youville drops to 2-5 overall (0-3 UVC) and Elmira falls to 6-4 overall (1-2 UVC).

New Paltz's match against D'Youville lasted all of 55 minutes, as the Hawks cruised to the straight-set sweep. The Hawks hit .358 for the match, while the Spartans posted a -.159 hitting percentage. Furthermore, New Paltz outgained D'Youville in total blocks (8-2) and service aces (10-1).

Junior outside hitter Gus Gregory led a balanced Hawk attack with six kills, while Lutjen posted match-highs in assists (14) and service aces (three). Freshman middle blocker Jake Roessler paced the front row defense with five total blocks, while senior libero Victor Tuminelli came up with seven digs.

Saturday's nightcap featured a much-anticipated match-up between two top-10 teams. The contest did not disappoint, as there were 32 tie scores and 13 lead changes throughout the match.

New Paltz hit .273 for the match, including a .536 mark in the fourth set, while Elmira hit .243. The Hawks outblocked the Soaring Eagles 8-4, but Elmira fared better off the serve, totaling eight service aces to New Paltz's three.

Husmann keyed the Hawk attack with a match-high 16 kills and a .520 hitting percentage, while Ferriter added 12 kills. Sophomore setter Christian Smith and Lutjen doled out 26 and 18 assists, respectively, while Ferriter totaled four blocks. Lutjen reinforced the back row on defense with nine digs.

No. 5 UC Santa Barbara 3, UC Merced 0

MERCED, Calif. --  UC Santa Cruz swept first-year UC Merced for the second time this season on Saturday night.

The first set went to the Slugs with Jake Landel leading the way with five kills while Blake Chadwick had 11 assists. Both teams would have two blocks in the first set but the Bobcats hit -.048 compared to the Slugs .524. The Slugs were also able to dig the ball seven times on defense while the Bobcats came up with two.

In set two the Bobcats were able attack the ball better as they inched their hitting to a positive .111. But the Slugs continued to terminate the ball well (.522 in set two) which did not allow the Bobcats an opportunity to dig the ball.

Both teams had five service errors which made way for a quick second set.

The determinate third set sent the Slugs home with the win as Harland Frost (14 kills, .700 hitting) and Blake Chadwick (36 assists, 8 digs) led them there.

No. 6 Nazareth 3, No. 14 MIT 0
No. 6 Nazareth 3, Vassar 0

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Sophomore Tim Zyburt amassed a match-high 14 kills in Nazareth's three-set victory versus MIT on Saturday evening. The scores of the match were 25-23, 25-22, 25-13. It was the Golden Flyers' second match of the United Volleyball Crossover, hosted by MIT. Earlier in the day, Zyburt and classmate Grant Levermore each had six kills to lead Nazareth to a three-set sweep of Vassar. The scores of the match against Vassar were 25-20, 25-19, 26-24.

With the victories, the Golden Flyers improve to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in UVC matches. After losing to Nazareth, MIT dropped to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in conference contests. Vassar fell to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in UVC matches after their loss to the Golden Flyers.

Against Vassar, senior Cole Hutter and junior Brody Cord each had five kills in addition to the 12 total kills from Levermore and Zyburt. Junior Luke Lawatsch and sophomore Josh Hieb also added four kills apiece. Setter Nick McDonagh amassed 25 assists in setting up the Golden Flyers' balanced attack.

Defensively. Levermore produced seven digs while Lawatsch had a solo block and three assisted blocks. McDonagh also had three assisted blocks while Hutter, Levermore, and Cord added two assisted blocks apiece. With their tenaciousness at the net, Nazareth forced the Brewers to commit 26 hitting errors and allowed 30 kills. The Golden Flyers, meanwhile, tallied a total of 31 kills and had only 12 hitting errors.

In their match against MIT, Zyburt had seven kills and only one error in the opening set. Following his first-set error, Zyburt pounded another seven kills between the second and third sets without any errors. In the first set, Lawatsch had four kills on five attempts. Levermore and sophomore Chris Mahan also added four kills and three kills, respectively, during the first set.

No. 14 MIT 3, No. 7 Elmira 2

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Elmira started the UVC crossover witha 3-2 loss at the hands of MIT.

EC battled MIT closely in the first set and found themselves tied at 17 a piece. After the Soaring Eagles picked up two consecutive points, the Engineers called a timeout. After the stoppage of play the Purple and Gold went on a 6-2 run to close out the first set.

Once again both teams battled in the second set and with a MIT leading 20-19, the Engineers went on a 5-2 run to even the sets up at 1-1.

EC came out ready to play in the third set and cruised to a 21-12 lead. MIT regrouped and scored five consecutive points to cut Elmira's lead to 21-17. EC went on a 4-4 run to take the set lead 2-1.

In the fourth set MIT was up 14-13 versus the Purple and Gold and scored five consecutive points that proved to be the difference as they eventually would take the 25-20 win to tie the sets up 2-2, forcing the fifth set. Both teams battled back and forth in the fifth set until the Engineers collected the final point to close out the match with a 3-2 win.

No. 8 Baruch 3, CCNY 0
No. 8 Baruch 3, Medgar Evers 0

BRONX, N.Y. -- Baruch began its conference schedule on Saturday at the first CUNYAC Multi-Match hosted by Lehman.

The Bearcats started against the Beavers of CCNY with a 25-19, 25-17, 25-18 sweep.

They followed that up during their afternoon match with a 25-4, 25-9, 25-9 sweep of the Cougars of Medgar Evers to improve to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the CUNYAC.

Penn State-Behrend 3, No. 9 New York University 2

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- New York University (6-3, 2-2 United Volleyball Conference) lost on the final day of the UVC Crossover No. 1. The Violets were defeated by Penn State-Behrend (5-3, 3-2) in five tough sets by a score of 21-25, 25-22, 14-25, 25-20, 15- 10.

The Violets finished 1-2 during the weekend and fell to 2-2 overall in conference play.

Chase Klein recorded 30 kills on the day for NYU, tied with Devin Zolnowski for fifth most in school history during the rally-scoring era.

NYU nearly doubled the kill output of Behrend (75-41), but also committed far more errors (34-17) which undoubtedly contributed to the loss.

No. 10 Carthage 3, No. 11 Stevenson 2

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Carthage opened East/West Crossover tournament play on Saturday with a 3-0 sweep of No. 11 Stevenson (5-2). 

The Red Men's winning set scores against the Mustangs were 25-18, 25-17 and 25-14.