MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Pfeiffer University hit .278 as a team cruising to a 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-19) victory over Rust College in the opening match of the Lance Johnson Memorial Tournament on Saturday afternoon. The Falcons win their fourth-straight improving to 4-1 overall on the year.
A kill by Joe Supko in set one started to seperate the two teams at 13-10 before an Eric Edelman ace finished a 10-1 run for the Falcons. Caleb Brophy would pick up two of the sets final kills as Pfeiffer won the opener 25-14.
The Falcons jumped out to a quick 9-2 start in set two using a pair of aces from Fabio Diniz. Another kill from Edelman and Brophy made it a 15-4 contest before Edelman knocked down two-straight to give Pfeiffer a 20-8 advantage. Micah Bortner would add a final kill, along with another Diniz ace, to aid the Falcons in a 25-11 second set win.
A lineup change in set three saw Rust jump out to an early lead until a kill from Blake Dowdle equalized the final set at 15-15. A Kyle Landrigan ace put the hosts up 17-16 before a Sonny Hirini kill put the Falcons up for good at 20-17. Kyle Mariano would score two of the Falcons' final kills including the sweep-clinching kill in a 25-19 victory.
Edelman and Brophy led the way for Pfeiffer with seven kills as Edelman followed his school-record setting hitting percentage at Belmont Abbey on Thursday with a .667 mark on Saturday. David Specian picked up 18 assists while Diniz led the way with seven digs.
Pfeiffer will take on Alderson-Broaddus later today in an exhibition contest at 4:00 p.m. Next match to count in the standings will be on Tuesday night as the Falcons host Barton in Conference Carolinas action beginning at 7:00 p.m. Live stats/video will be available courtesy of http://www.gofalconsports.com.