Monday, March 17, 2014

MISENHEIMER, N.C. - The Pfeiffer University men's volleyball team may have lost to non-conference foe Princeton Monday night, but for a short amount of time in the middle of the match the Falcons had their guests second-guessing their trip to "The Village."  In front of a raucous crowd of 200 fans inside Merner Gym the Tigers proved to be a little too much for Pfeiffer, defeating the home team 3-1.  The loss drops the Falcons to 8-11 overall this season and with the win, Princeton improves to 10-7.

Game one of the match was nearly neck-and-neck at the outset, with the score separated by no more than two through the first 25 rally points.  After scoring their 13th point however, the Tigers began to pull away from the home team, embarking on a 7-2 run which would eventually secure them the win in the first frame.  Down 1-0 heading into the first break, Head Coach Paul Lawson circled the wagons and sent his troops back out to try again.

Resilience and determination would prove to be the game winner in the second round, with Pfeiffer cruising to victory 25-18 and evening the match score at one game apiece.  Following a series of ties and lead changes to begin game two, the Falcons found themselves down 7-4.  No strangers to adversity however, Pfeiffer clawed and scratched their way back into the game, going on a 6-2 scoring run and taking the lead from Princeton following a monster kill from sophomore Fabio Diniz.  Despite several attempts by the visiting team to string points together, the Falcons would hold onto the lead and carry it all the way to pay dirt.  Diniz was crucial in the victory, serving four out of Pfeiffer's final five points.

In the end Princeton eventually won out, picking up the final two games 25-17 and 25-14, and securing the match.  Junior Michael Brewer led the way offensively for the Falcons, notching 13 kills for the match and giving him 175 total kills for the season.  Junior David Specian led Pfeiffer in the assists and digs columns, with 39 and seven respectively.  Falcon Senior Buck Boswell also saw playing time for the first time this season chipping in one kill and one dig.

Princeton was led by Cody Kessel and Devin Stearns who each had double-doubles.  Kessel finished with 15 kills and 12 digs and Stearns added 15 kills and 10 digs.

The Falcons return to action on March 19th when they travel to Bristol, TN to take on conference foe King.  The last time these two squads met this season, Pfeiffer defeated the Tornado 3-1.  Match time is set for 7:00 p.m.