Springfield, Mass. - September 17, 2016 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team was defeated by visiting MIT in a four-set battle in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Blake Arena.
Both teams were receiving votes in this week's AVCA Division III National Coaches Poll as the Engineers improve to 9-2, 2-0 in NEWMAC play. The loss drops Springfield's record to 7-3, 1-1. The match featured 33 ties, including 10 in the fourth-set.
Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) led Springfield with 12 kills at a .308 clip to go along with three blocks and two aces, while Kayleigh Helgesen (Oceanside, Calif.) tacked on 10 kills. Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) recorded a career-best 23 digs and Hannah Lozano (Stockton, Calif.) produced four of Springfield's 12 service aces. The Pride was limited to a .122 hitting percentage, with Marnae Mawdsley (Bolton, Conn.) and Daniela Detore (Lake Grove, N.Y.) combining for 45 helpers.
With the first set tied even at 14 apiece, three-consecutive Springfield miscues sparked an 11-5 burst that allowed MIT to take the the stanza, 25-19. Holt had six kills in the frame for Springfield, which was daunted by seven hitting errors in the set.
In the second frame, Springfield turned an 11-8 deficit into a 17-11 cushion thanks to a 9-0 surge that featured a trio of Lozano service aces. However, MIT battled back to to climb with 23-22, only to have the Pride benefit from a MIT hitting error and Helgesen kill for the 25-22 victory. Springfield was able to contain the MIT offense in the frame, limiting the visitors to a .000 hitting percentage.
Springfield owned a 16-12 advantage in the fourth and seemed poised to push the match to a fifth-set after consecutive Engineer hitting errors, only to have MIT put together a 12-4 burst to earn match point. Springfield did not go away quietly, as a sideout kill by Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) fueled a 5-0 surge that gave Springfield set point at 25-24 following an ace by Jennifer Hurwitz (Longmeadow, Mass.) However, the visitors fought off two set points and eventually picked up the four-set win with a 29-27 triumph.
The Pride will now prepare for a critical conference match when it hosts Babson on Tuesday evening at