Women's Volleyball Wins 2016 Springfield College Invitational

Springfield, Mass. - September 3, 2016 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team swept both Framingham State and Westfield State on Saturday afternoon to win the Springfield College Invitational in Blake Arena.

Highlighting the day was a record-breaking performance by Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.), who became the program's all-time career leader in total blocks when she upped her total to 471.   The previous record of 469 was held by Brielle Boedart, who played from 1990-93.

Holt was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Invitational as she totaled 42 kills at a .461 clip to go along with 24 blocks in the four matches.  She was joined by teammates Kayleigh Helgesen (Oceanside, Calif.) and Jennifer Hurwitz (Longmeadow, Mass.) on the All-Tournament Team.

Springfield will head out of region next weekend when it travels to Colorado to play Colorado College, Whitman, Occidental, and Texas-Dallas.


Springfield 3, Framingham State 0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-12)

The Springfield College women's volleyball team eased their way past Framingham State in straight sets in their first match of the day on Saturday.  Helgesen tied a career-high with 14 kills on a .632 hitting percentage, while Holt totaled nine kills and eight blocks while hitting .438.  The duo of Marnae Mawdsley (Bolton, Conn.) and Daniela Detore (Lake Grove, N.Y.) led the Pride's offense to a .418 team hitting percentage as they combined for 34 assists.  Annagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) was credited with a match-best 14 digs.

After falling behind 10-6 in the first set, Springfield took its first lead of the day following a 8-3 surge that was capped off by a Detore ace down the line.  The teams would be tied for the last time at 18-all before Springfield scored five-straight, using kills from Holt, Hurwitz, and Helgesen to earn a 23-18 cushion.  The Pride totaled 17 kills at a .484 clip in the frame, with Helgesen totaling five kills for the hosts.

In the second set, thanks to Detore's efforts at the service line, Springfield raced out to a 8-2 advantage.  The Pride, which it .400 in the game, would lead by as many as 11 points and benefited from five kills and four blocks from Holt.

Springfield used another strong start to begin the third set, seizing a 9-4 cushion following a block by Holt and Hurwitz.  A kill from Maddy Reppucci (Andover, Mass.) pushed the Pride's lead to 21-9 and the hosts held on for the straight-set win. Helgesen racked up six kills in the final set to reach 14 kills for the third time in her career.

 Springfield 3, Westfield State 0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-11)

 In their fourth and final match of the weekend, Springfield cruised to a straight-set win over Westfield State as 15 different players saw game action.  Holt led all players with 10 kills, hitting .400, to go along with three blocks, while Jennifer Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) produced nine kills on a .438 hitting percentage.  Sanchez anchored the defense with 19 digs and Hannah Lozano (Stockton, Calif.) chipped in five of Springfield's 10 service aces.  The Pride finished the match hitting .311, with Mawdsley and Detore combining for 29 assists.

Springfield raced out to a 9-2 lead to begin the match, as a Detore service ace forced the Owls into an early timeout.  The Pride continued to keep the pressure on the visitors, pushing their lead to 18-5 following back-to-back kills from Donnelly and would take the frame by a 25-16 score following Donnelly's fourth kill of the early going.

Lozano was outstanding to begin the second set from the end line, serving the first seven points for the Pride thanks to five-consecutive aces from the sophomore.  Holt's record-breaking block came at 14-3 when she teammed up with Donnelly for a stuff on the pin as Springfield used its best offensive showing of the afternoon in the set, hitting at a .524 clip as a team as seven players registered at least one kill, to win 25-12.

Hanging onto a 9-8 lead in the third, Springfield put together a 12-2 surge that featured three kills from both Hurwitz and Holt, as well as back-to-back aces by Haley DeRoche (Haverhill, Mass.).  The match ended in fitting fashion as Holt ripped her fifth ace of the weekend for the 25-11 win.


Springfield College Invitational - All Tournament Team:

Lauren Holt - Springfield College - MVP

Kayleigh Helgesen - Springfield College

Jennifer Hurwitz - Springfield College

Sarah Szybist - RIT

Lizzie Taylor - Westfield State

Renee Cooprider - Gordon

Alycia Rackliffe - Framingham State