SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Marymount University men's volleyball team opened the International Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic on Friday, falling to No. 1 Springfield College, 3-0.
The Saints played the Pride tight the entire match, beginning the first set with an 8-4 lead. Senior Remington Shahan put down two kills that led a 5-0 run to gain the advantage for the Saints.
Springfield fought back to tie the match, 9-9, and the teams continued to keep the set close from there.
Kills from junior Sam Safley and Shahan gave the Saints a late 20-19 lead, but a 6-2 closing run for the Pride took the set.
Safley put down two kills early in the second set, as Marymount again jumped out to an early lead, 6-2. Two kills each from seniors Eric Wiles and James Knight, along with a block by Safley and Shahan, helped keep Marymount in the lead through the majority of the set.
However, a 10-5 run in the closing moments for Springfield again took the set and a 2-0 lead for the Pride.
The teams traded points in the opening moments of the third set, before the Pride were able to grab a six-point lead, 17-11.
Sophomore Evan Flesher notched a kill to begin a 6-2 run for the Saints to cut into the deficit to get the score to 19-17, but the Pride were able to pull away and close the match.
Safley led the Saints with 10 kills, while Wiles and Shahan each put down nine; Shahan added four blocks, as well.
The Saints will continue the Morgan Classic on Saturday, February 2, taking on New York University; the match is set for 6 p.m.