Nally Paces DIII No. 5 Springfield To Sweep Of Harvard


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Springfield, Mass. - All-American AJ Nally (Rochester, N.Y.) was sensational as he, along with teammate Eric Palumbo (Chili, N.Y.), paced the No. 5 Springfield College men's volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Harvard on Saturday evening.

With the win, the Pride improve to 14-5, 7-1 in EIVA Hay action while the Crimson fall to 8-6, 4-3 in league play.

Springfield wasted no time jumping all over the Crimson as a pair of Nally aces forced Harvard to call a timeout at 6-1. Harvard battled back, making the score 10-7 after a Pride attack error. With Andy Sipe (New Oxford, Pa.) on the service line, Springfield went on a 10-2 run highlighted by three kills from Nally to take control of the first game. Nally, who hit .750 in the opening game off seven kills, closed out the game with a yet another kill, giving SC a 30-14 win. The Pride hit .593 as the team in the opening stanza.

The second game was much closer from the get-go as the squads were knotted at seven after a Eric Kuld kill. Once again, a big 10-2 run by the Pride blew open the game as a Palumo kill made the score 17-9. Freshman Cal Palumbo (Rochester, N.Y.) had three kills in the run for Springfield to lead the way. The Crimson got within three at 29-26, but once again, Nally closed out the match with his 16th kill of the game to give Springfield a two-game advantage.

The same story held true in the third game as a Pride run proved to be the difference. After a Springfield service error brought Crimson within three at 13-10, the Pride exploded on a 9-2 run to open up a 22-12 lead. Springfield hit .292 in the final game, paced by Nally's five kills.

Nally finished with 21 kills, hitting .516, to go along with a match-high 10 digs. He also added two service aces and a block for 23.5 points in the match. Eric Palumbo was the only other member of the Pride with double-digit kills with 10. Palumbo was lethal from the service line, hammering out five aces to go along with three blocks and seven digs. Cal Palumbo added eight kills and three blocks while Sipe chipped in with five kills and six blocks. Eric Shoemaker (Mount Wolf, Pa.) dished out 45 assists in the win for the Pride.

Kule and Brady Weissbourd each had 11 kills in the match for Harvard, which was held to a .147 hitting percentage.

The Pride wrap its three-game homestand when it takes on SUNY New Paltz on Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. The game will be played in Dana Gymnasium.

Article courtesy of Springfield athletics.

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