2017 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Tournament: Stevens Offense Will Need to Perform Even Better In Order to Upset Springfield

 

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Beating the Springfield Pride is, technically possible. For the Stevens Ducks, they will need to bring an even more polished attack against the No. 1 seed in the nation as they prepare for their appearance at the Final Four. In the Elite 8 against Dominican, Stevens committed 12 errors. Springfield’s offense is hitting .421. The Ducks will likely need to keep the miscues beneath double figures. When taking the Pride’s staggering hit percentage into consideration, Stevens cannot afford to hit below .200, something that they were able to avoid in the quarterfinal tilt against the Stars.

Springfield is yet to face Stevens this year, so the Ducks could catch Springfield on their heels if their attack is even better than its performance against Dominican. If Stevens can bring the pressure early and boost their defense’s confidence and composure early, it may be able to pressure the Pride enough to effect their serving. Although the statistics imply that Springfield is sound in almost category, their Achilles heel is that of the fundamentals. Going into the semis, the Pride has committed 489 service errors. It will be interesting to see if Stevens can take advantage of this and snag a set or two. This will have to be the procedure, because the only thing that is more (nearly) impossible than beating Springfield (at home), would be to sweep them.

Prediction: Springfield wins 3-1

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