Springfield, Mass. - October 9, 2018 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team breezed past Mount Holyoke on Tuesday night in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play by the set scores of 25-14, 25-6, 25-15.
Moving to 18-2 on the year with the win, this marks the Pride's best start to a season through 20 matches since 2015, as Springfield once again appeared in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll. In her eighth season with Springfield, head coach Moira Long captured her 200th win on the sidelines with the Pride tonight and improved her record as Springfield's coach to 200-53, for a remarking .791 winning percentage.
Springfield totaled a season-best 17 service aces in the win, with five coming from Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.). Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) led the offense with a match-best 12 kills that came on a .526 hitting percentage, while Kmetz added eight kills, hitting .500. Kayley Cimino (Cumberland, Maine) led the Pride to a .338 team hitting percentage with 20 assists, and Briana Tovar (Tucson, Ariz.) was credited with a match-best 10 digs to go along with three aces.
Mount Holyoke was limited to a .000 hitting percentage in a match where they totaled just 14 kills. Sasha Simine had five kills and Brayden Walden notched six digs and eight assists.
With Cimino at the end line, Springfield benefitted from some tough serving to jump out to an 8-2 advantage in the opening set. Springfield would push its lead to 22-9 after a big swing from Kmetz and would later take the 25-14 decision following a deep ace from Tovar. Both Donnelly and Katie vonKampen (South Setauket, N.Y.) each contributed four kills in the opening set.
Springfield put together its best offensive showing in the second set as it hit at a .471 clip, led by six kills from Donnelly. Springfield again used great serving from Cimino to keep Mount Holyoke at bay as the hosts seized a 9-1 lead to get things going. The Lyons would get as close as six at 10-4, only to have the Pride close out the frame on a 15-2 surge, with Kmetz ripping four aces in the burst.
The third set featured seven aces from five different players for the Pride. Facing a 4-2 deficit, Springfield regrouped with three-straight points, using an ace from Donnelly to force Mount Holyoke int a timeout. Coming out a timeout of their own leading 11-10, Springfield manufactured an 8-1 run that was capped off by a Tovar ace at 19-11. Kmetz and Bridget Walsh (Garrison, N.Y.) closed the door on the sweep with a huge stuff on the pin to complete the 25-15 victory.
Springfield will gear up for tri-match in Boston this Saturday when it clashes with UMass Boston and Endicott beginning at 11 am.