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Men’s Volleyball Finishes World University Games With Four-Set Victory Over Macau

July 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

Kazan, Russia – July 14, 2013 – The Springfield College men’s volleyball team wrapped up representing Team USA at the World University Games with a four-set win over Macau on Sunday afternoon. In their final match, Team USA won by the set scores of 26-24 25-21 17-25 25-20.

Luis Vega led Springfield with 14 kills, while Mike Pelletier added 13 kills from Team USA. Greg Woods notched eight kills, as did Jimmy O’Leary, while posting a .533 hitting percentage. Greg Falcone added five kills and was instrumental down the stretch, scoring three of Team USA’s final four points to clinch the victory.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better exclamation point on this incredible experience,” said head coach Charlie Sullivan. “Not only did this trip give us the rare opportunity to grow as a team and as volleyball players, but as people as well.”


As a result of their victory over Macau, Team USA finished the competition in 19th place. In addition to playing Macau this week, Springfield also went up against Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Hong Kong, Korea, and China, while also scrimmaging Australia and Chile.

For the first time all tournament, it was the American squad that jumped out to a fast start to begin the match, as a block from Vega allowed Team USA to take an 11-6 lead.

Macau stormed back with a 12-5 surge to regain an 18-16 lead, only to have Springfield rally to take a 21-20 lead. Macau would eventually tie things at 24 for the last time before Pelletier’s kill found the court and Vega notched along block for the 26-24 win.

In the second set, consecutive kills from Vega provided Team USA with a comfortable 16-12 cushion. Macau got as close as two on four different occasions, the last coming at 23-21, before a Macau service error and Vega kill ended the frame.

It was all Macau in the third set, as Team USA suffered from too many mistakes on the offensive side of the ball to gather any momentum. Macau led by as many as 10 in the set and would take the stanza by a 25-17 count.

The fourth set was tied 12 times in the early going before a 4-0 burst, highlighted by two thunderous swings by Woods, gave the Americans a 17-13 advantage. Macau would not go away quietly, putting together a 5-2 run to get within 19-18.

However, Team USA would not be denied on this afternoon as Falcone took over the match down the stretch. The four-time All-America selection sandwiched a kill and block around a Pieper ace, and with match point on the line, Pieper found Falcone in the middle for a fitting end to the trip as he bounced the game-winner in front of the Macau defense.

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China Prevails Over Men’s Volleyball at World University Games In Four Sets

July 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

China Prevails Over Men's Volleyball In Four Sets Kazan, Russia – July 13, 2013 – For the second time during the World University Games, the Springfield College men’s volleyball was able to win a game in international competition, however it lost a four-set match with China on Saturday afternoon. Team USA fell by the set scores of 14-25, 19-25, 25-23, 21-25Luis Vega led the way for Team USA with 13 kills and six digs, while Greg Woods notched 11 kills after earning the start at left side. Greg Falcone registered three aces, and Mike Pelletier tallied six kills in two games of action.

“We continue to show progress, as evident by winning another set in this international competition filled with world-class athletics,” said head coach Charlie Sullivan.

China raced out to a 7-2 lead to start the match, but Springfield scored the next three points to get within two. That would be as close as the teams would be the remainder of the opening frame, as Team USA struggled to find any rhythm on offense and would eventual drop a 25-14 decision.

Falcone registered a key block to keep China within striking distance at 6-5 in the second, but Team USA fell victim to a 7-1 run by the Chinese, digging itself into a 13-6 deficit. Vega pounded a kill to make it 21-16, but it was too little, too late, and the Americans dropped another set, 25-19.

It was Team USA that used a strong start to begin the third, opening up an 15-12 lead after Vega ripped an ace, before China roared back with a 4-1 spurt to even things at 16. The teams would trade points until they were tied one last time at 23-all following a Team USA hitting error. Woods produced a kill for set point, and Pelletier capped off Team USA’s second set victory of the week by finding the back corner in transition.

The Americans were unable to carry the momentum into the fourth, as China soared to a 13-7 lead. The Chinese kept their distance throughout, with Team USA getting as close as three in the waning points of the match before a Springfield service error completed the four-game victory

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Men’s Volleyball Closes Out Pool Play With 3-0 Loss To Korea

July 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

VIDEO: Match HighlightsKazan, Russia – July 11, 2013 – The Springfield College men’s volleyball team wrapped up pool play against Korea on Thursday afternoon as it dropped a three-set decision in the World University Games. Competing as Team USA, the squad fell by the set scores of 13-25, 14-25, 22-25. -

Now having completed pool play, Team USA will now play China on July 13th at 3:00 pm local time at the Olympiets Sports Center in the placing rounds. Team USA will be competing to finish anywhere from 17th to 21st in the competition.

Greg Falcone, Jimmy O’Leary, and Ryan Quesenberry each tallied six kills in the match, while Falcone had three blocks for the second-straight match. Nick Ferry was credited with nine digs, and Keaton Pieper posted 22 assists and four aces.

“We continue to improve each set that we play, and I thought our younger guys showed a lot of heart in the third set when faced with a big deficit,” said head coach Charlie Sullivan. “We continue to look at this experience as a developmental process, that will hopefully help us with our goals next year.”

In addition, Team USA benefited from some home town fans in the crowd, thanks to Kansas State’s women’s volleyball team, also representing Team USA.

In the first set, Quesenberry provided a block for Team USA to bring them within 4-3, only to have Korea use a 7-2 run to take a six-point cushion at 11-5. O’Leary converted out of the middle at 15-11, but that was as close as things would get, thanks to Korea’s 10-2 surge to cap off the frame.

The second set started how the first ended, with Korea using a big run to gain plenty of separation. O’Leary put a ball away to even things at three, but 10-1 burst by the Koreans gave them an 13-4 lead, which eventually led to the 25-14 win.

The third set proved to be the closest as it featured 12 ties. A Quesenberry kill gave Springfield an 8-7 lead heading into the technical timeout, and a Pieper ace at 12-11 would be the final time Springfield would own a lead. Korea answered back with a 12-6 run en route to a 23-18 lead.

Team USA would not go away quietly, roaring back with four-unanswered points, capped off by Pieper’s fourth ace of the game. Despite two good swings in the final points, Springfield could not capitalize as it fell 25-22.