Worcester, Mass. - September 15, 2018 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team delivered a victory in straight sets at WPI in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference meeting on Saturday in Harrington Audutorium. The set scores were 25-16, 25-22, 25-21.
The win boosts Springfield's record to 9-0, 2-0 in conference play, while the Engineers dropped to 8-2, 0-2.
Senior Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) handed in a double-double of 15 digs and 10 kills and tied a career high with six blocks with for Springfield as freshman Briana Tovar (Tucson, Ariz.) and senior Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.), matched Donnelly's dig and kill sums, respectively. Kmetz was also a dig shy of a double-double and freshman Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) was credited with out 28 assists. Springfield limited WPI to a .017 hitting percentage on the afternoon.
In the opening set, Springfield produced 13 kills, compared to just three by the host Engineers. Clinging to a 7-6 lead, Springfield blew open the frame with a 10-3 burst, which was highlighted by a pair of aces from Ashley Tanner (Manorville, N.Y.). The Pride pushed its lead to nine before Tanner ended the 25-16 stanza with her third kill of the day.
The Pride stormed out to an 8-2 advantage to begin the second set, but WPI would battle their way back to 24-22 after consecutive Springfield hitting errors. However, Donnelly sealed the win, putting a ball away on the 25-22 win.
Even at 17-all in the third, Springfield delivered three aces, including two more from Tanner, as part of a 5-1 burst to seize a 22-18 cushion. The Engineers would pull within 23-21 out of a timeout, but Donnelly put down another kill and teammed with Bridget Walsh (Garrison, N.Y.) for a stuff block on match point.
Springfield will make another trip to Worcester next Tuesday when it travels to face Clark for a 7 pm conference match.
Photo by Sam Leventhal