On Saturday, SCVB overcame a two-game deficit to beat 14th ranked Baruch in five sets in a match that was much closer than we were anticipating. After a week of just practice and no match play, we came out of the gate slow in every set, playing lower than our potential.
The first two sets consisted of a Springfield team that had trouble passing and seemed to be a little jumpy and anxious when some points didn’t go our way. In both games, Baruch was able to separate themselves for most of the game until it was too late. In both sets we were able to rally for a comeback but came short 21-25 in the first set and 24-26 in the second.
The third and fourth sets on the other hand, proved to show a team with a more confidence and communication. We were able to get Baruch out of system by serving tougher and forcing the setter to run a more predictable offense. This helped us in the long run as our blocking and defense was able to get us a win in both sets to force the tie breaker set.
The fifth set was all Springfield. After trading points in the beginning of the game, we were able to get a lead and force the switch at eight. Evan Acanfora was able to stretch the lead by two more with his float serve and we never looked back.
Quick shout out to the Springfield fans who were in attendance (I think we had as many as Baruch), thank you to the Matthew’s, the Pagano’s, the Falcone’s, and the Lilley’s for coming out to support us.