NEWTON, Mass. – With a pair of 3-0 victories over Pratt Institute and Dean College, at Saturday afternoon's home men's volleyball tri-match, Mount Ida College snapped a four-game skid and pushed their record back to above the .500 mark, at 6-5 on the season.
Game 1: Mount Ida 3, Dean 0
The Mustangs came out of the gates hot, starting their first game on a 10-2 run en route to blitzing the Bulldogs by scores of 25-7, 25-9 and 25-15. Mount Ida hit .529 in the first set and held Dean to just three kills the entire match, while also recording 16 service aces in the win.
Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.) led the way with 10 kills and three service aces for the Mustangs, while Rob Blanco (Palmdale, Calif.) added seven kills, a new personal best early in his collegiate career.
For the Bulldogs, Justin Freitas (North Attleboro, Mass.), Gabriel McClain (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Moussa Seck (Cambridge, Mass.) each had a kill, with Freitas and McClain adding an assist apiece and Chadd Pelletier (Westbrook, Maine) leading the way with nine digs.
Game 3: Mount Ida 3, Pratt 0
It was another fast start for the home team, who raced out to a 25-8 victory, hitting .333 in the first set and .360 for the entire match, winning the next two games by 25-18 and 25-19 scores.
Southworth had another double-digit performance with 12 kills and Sprengle posted 32 assists, while Griffenkranz added another nine digs and four kills.
The Cannoneers got five kills apiece from Dean Liaw (Queens, N.Y.) and Haven Gordon (Wakefield, R.I.), but did not hit in the positive numbers until their final set, in which they were an efficient .316.
Andreas Haji-Georgi (East Northport, N.Y.) slammed four kills and did not make a hitting error for Pratt, who had 11 assists, five digs and a team-high three aces from David Cutler (Calabasas, Calif.).
Game 2: Pratt 3, Dean 0
The Bulldogs (2-6) showed more firepower in their second match of the day, and twice nearly got on the scoreboard, but Pratt (3-1) edged them with two 25-23 victories and then a 25-21 win to seal the neutral match.
Cutler led the team with a double-double, 11 kills and 14 assists, to go with six digs, while Kris Patton (Holbrook, N.Y.) led all players with 16 digs. Liaw and Gordon added seven kills apiece in the victory.
Dean's offense finally came alive, led by seven kills from Seck and five kills from Freitas, run through the setting of McClain.
Mount Ida next opens up Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play next on Wednesday night when they head to Johnson & wales for a 7:30 pm game in Providence.
Courtesy of Craig Kaufman, Mount Ida College