WESTON, Mass. – D.J. Lyons (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had a match-high 17 kills, Manny Santiago (Bristol, Conn.) added five blocks and the Regis College men's volleyball team topped Lesley University in straight sets Saturday on Senior Day at Higgins Court. Set scores were 25-13, 25-10, 25-21.
The Pride close the regular season at 12-11 overall and 8-2 in the New England Collegiate Conference and will head to Endicott College next week for the NECC Tournament and a chance for a berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Tyler Burns had a team-high seven kills for Lesley (0-18, 0-10 NECC) with C. Jay Sutton adding nine digs.
The Pride got off to a fast start in set one as Jeff Ramos (Pawtucket, R.I.) had a block and a kill to give Regis a 4-1 lead. The Lynx hung around until Lyons and Brett Krahl (Santa Clarita, Calif.) each posted a pair of kills for a five-point lead, then Ramos and Santiago both got in on a block to spearhead a 5-0 run and extend the lead to 18-9.
Set two saw the Pride distance themselves early racing out to a 7-1 lead followed by eight straight points to extend the advantage to 15-3. A Ramos block and kill ended matters as Regis took a commanding 2-0 lead with the 25-10 win.
Lesley put up much more of a fight in the third frame but it wasn't enough to prevent the inevitable sweep. Ramos won five straight points of his serve, two from kills by Christopher Fitta (Warwick, R.I.), to lift his team to a 9-5 lead. Lesley would rally and, after a 4-0 run, tied the score at 15-15. The Pride seemingly regained the momentum, taking a late 21-17 lead, but undaunted, the Lynx rallied to tie the score again at 21-21. That would be it though as the Pride closed the door on the set and match with four straight points to capture the win.
The NECC Tournament begins Friday, Apr. 8.