DIII No. 6 NYU Powers Past No. 3 Springfield

2/29/2008

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New York, N.Y. - Despite a 19-kill, 22-dig peformance from sophomore AJ Nally, the Springfield College men's volleyball team dropped a 3-2 decision at New York University on Friday evening.

The Pride fell by the scores of 19-30, 30-21, 31-29, 23-20, 15-13.

Springfield now stands at 11-5, 4-1 in EIVA Hay action while the Violets improved to 12-5, 3-1.

Junior tri-captain Devin Zolnowski notched a double-double with 22 kills and 10 digs to lead the Violets in the five-game victory in front of 715 fans at the Coles Sports Center in Manhattan.

The Violets fell behind quickly to the #3 Pride in game one, eventually dropping it 30-19. NYU turned it around quickly, however, in game two, jumping out to a 20-10 lead and never looking back, taking it 30-21.

Down 29-27 in game three, the Violets scored the final four points, capped by a block by junior Ilan Goldstein and senior tri-captain Jon Wintermeyer to take the game 31-29.

In the fourth game. the Pride took the lead early at 8-7 and ran with it, winning 30-23 to force a game five. In the fifth game, Wintermeyer took over. The captain recorded three crucial blocks, two kills and a point-saving dig to lead the Violets to a 15-13 win and 3-2 match victory.

Nally paced Springfield with 19 kills and a match-high 22 digs to go along with four blocks and three service aces. Ryan Fredrickson added 16 kills, nine digs, and four blocks for the Pride while freshman Cal Palumbo added nine kills and eight blocks. Andy Sipe chipped in with nine kills as well. Eric Shoemaker dished out 54 assists to go along with nine digs as he directed the Pride attack.

In total, Wintermeyer put down 14 kills while adding four blocks, including two solos, and two digs. Eric Chakeen also stepped up for NYU, putting down a career-best 15 kills while adding four blocks and seven digs. Francis Hodgson continued his strong play, recording 13 kills while hitting a team-best .385 and also contributing a team-best seven blocks.

Setter Braden Fujikawa ran a powerful offense that out-killed Springfield 74-59. Individually, the sophomore put up 61 assists while adding seven digs and two blocks.

The Pride look to get back on the winning track on Saturday evening when it takes on Rutgers-Newark in EIVA Hay action. First serve is slated for 7:00 pm.

Article courtesy of Springfield athletics.

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