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Mustangs Sweep Falcons in Home Finale

Mustangs Sweep Falcons in Home Finale
NEWTON, Mass. – The 2017 home season ended in style on Thursday night as Mount Ida College earned a 3-0 victory over Albertus Magnus College in their final Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's volleyball contest in Mount Ida Athletic Center.

Mount Ida took care of business in straight sets with scores of 25-18, 25-15 and 25-16, led by senior Peter Griffenkranz (Deer Park, N.Y.), who had nine kills and did not make an error for a stellar .818 hitting percentage in his final game on his home court.

Albertus senior Joshua Turner (Trumbull, Conn.) matched that number with nine kills and led his team with six digs.

The Falcons led 5-2 in the opening set but Mount Ida seized control of the match with a 6-0 run, started with a pair of service aces from Carter Amadon (Athol, Mass.), who also added five kills and two blocks in the match.

In set two, the Mustangs piled up 14 kills and had a .579 hitting percentage and never trailed, while set three matched the narrative of the opening game, as the visitors took a 6-3 lead, only to have Mount Ida sprint ahead with a 7-0 spurt, started with two aces by Kevin Vanderhorst (Lawrence, Mass.).

Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.) had seven kills and a team-high six digs, while Vanderhorst had a team-high four service aces, a category in which Mount Ida racked up 14 points.

Sophomore Nathan Sprengle (Williamstown, N.J.) had 26 assists for the Mustangs, and Nate Gyampo (Providence, R.I.) and Joe Kwiatkowski (Londonderry, N.H.) combined for seven more kills and three service aces.

Two kills apiece from Brian Reyes (Danbury, Conn.) and Felix Rivas (Danbury, Conn.) accounted for all of the rest of the Falcon's offense, which Alijah McGee (Stratford, Conn.) ran with 10 assists.

The Mustangs (13-17, 2-11 GNAC) close out their regular season on Saturday with an 11:00 AM game against Wentworth.

Albertus Magnus (2-15, 0-12 GNAC) heads to Emerson this Saturday to finish out their schedule with a GNAC tri-match against the Lions and Rivier University.