Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – In one of their most impressive performances of the season, the Pfeiffer men’s volleyball team (12-11, 9-4 CC) moved over .500 for the first time this season with a 3-0 victory over Limestone (15-11, 7-6). The win keeps Pfeiffer in sole possession of third place in the conference standings as a Limestone win would have put the Saints in third place.

On Senior Day where Buck Boswell was celebrated prior to the match, Michael Brewer led the team with 12 kills and added four digs and two aces. Fabio Diniz had 11 kills and a .562 hitting percentage while finishing with four assisted blocks.

David Specian handed out a game-high 37 assists and chipped in with three kills and five digs.

Jon Schaefer had a game-high 14 kills for the Saints and teammate Eric Zaun had 11 kills and five digs. Nick Wildes finished the game with 31 assists and was one of three Limestone players to finish with six digs.

Pfeiffer dominated most of the first set and built a 22-16 lead before having a late set lapse. The guests were able to tie the score at 23 before Pfeiffer rallied for the final two points. Diniz’s kill set up the game point which was awarded to Pfeiffer on a bad set by Wildes.

The Falcons scored eight of the first 12 points of the second set, culminating in a huge kill from Joe Supko. After taking the early lead, Pfeiffer was able to cruise to the 25-19 lead and led by as much as seven late in the set.

Limestone took their first lead of the game in the third set and held a 13-12 advantage. Supko’s kill tied the game and the teams traded the next six points. Pfeiffer took the lead for good as Sonny Hirini’s kill gave them the 18-17 advantage. The Falcons closed the contest with a block from Specian and Supko on Schaefer’s attack.

Pfeiffer finished the match with a .369 hitting percentage and Limestone posted a .224 percentage. The Falcons held a 43-35 advantage in kills and hit over .444 in two of the final three games.

Pfeiffer wraps up its regular season with a trip to Barton on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Conference Carolinas Tournament begins on Wednesday and Pfeiffer is assured a home match courtesy of its win tonight.