Wellesley, Mass. - October 29, 2016 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team battled to a four-set victory at Wellesley College in the New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season finale for both teams on Saturday at Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse.
The Pride won by the scores of 25-21, 17-25, 25-13, 25-13.
Wellesley jumped out to a 6-0 advantage to start the second set as the Pride committed four attack errors on its first five swings. Tough serving from Lozano brought the Pride back within 8-7, but the Blue pushed their lead back to 16-11 following three-consecutive Springfield miscues. The Pride would get no closer as three and Wellesley evened the match at a set apiece with a 25-18 win. Springfield was held to a .029 hitting percentage in the set.
Springfield's block came alive at the beginning of the third set, and a stuff from Kmetz and Jamie Schneck (Livingston, N.J.) put the visitors ahead 8-3. The Pride's built its lead to 12-5 when Holt and Donnelly elevated for a huge block and forced the Blue into a timeout at 21-12 following their the hosts eighth attack error of the frame. Holt delivered her eighth block of the afternoon to wrap up the 25-13 win for Springfield, which was bolstered by a .438 team hitting percentage in the set.
Even at seven-all in the fourth, the Pride gained some breathing room with a 4-1 surge capped off by a block from Kmetz and Schneck. Out of a Wellesley timeout, the Pride's ended the match on a 14-6 run for its second-straight 25-13 set victory. Springfield's offense hit at a .471 clip, while it's defense held the Blue to a -.036 hitting percentage as Holt totaled four blocks.