No. 8 Men’s Volleyball Team Falls to No. 2 Springfield

No. 8 Men’s Volleyball Team Falls to No. 2 Springfield

If the Wells College men's volleyball team needed a barometer on how this season's roster compares to the elite, they found it on the road in Massachusetts against the No. 2 Springfield College on Friday, Jan. 31. Arguably one of the best men's volleyball team in the nation, the Express found in their opening set that they could go toe-to-toe with the team that took seven national titles between 2008-2018.

Wells College started strong with an early four-point lead at 5-1, but on their way to closing out the first set with a 21-18 late lead was reminded why Springfield is so highly regarded. The Pride took seven of the last nine points of the first set for a 25-23 win that swayed the momentum in favor of Springfield.

The second set also belonged to the Pride, as the Express never led before falling 25-20.

Wells responded in the third set and held the upper hand in the early going. The Express led up to the 19th point of the third set at 10-9 before the Pride finished with a 25-17 win to close the match with a 3-0 victory in favor of the home team.

Caden O'Loughlin led the Express on the attack with a dozen kills, while Joe Zimmerman had a team-high four digs and pair of aces from the backline.

Wells looks to regroup on Sunday, Feb. 2 in a tri-match against Randolph-Macon and host Penn State Erie with start times at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.