Babson Park, Mass. - October 16, 2018 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team lost for the first time in conference play this season by virtue of a three-set sweep to Babson in Staake Gymnasium on Tuesday in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) showdown.
Springfield was once again receiving votes in the the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III National Poll, which was released on Tuesday afternoon and now stands at 19-4, 7-1 in NEWMAC play. The Beavers
The Pride's offense struggled from the onset and was limited to a season-low .051 team hitting percentage. Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.) was the lone bright spot as she posted a career-high seven kills at a .353 clip. Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) totaled eight kills and three blocks, Bridget Walsh (Garrison, N.Y.) chipped in five blocks, and Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) totaled a match-best 21 digs.
Shannon Roseen (Malden, Mass.) led all players with 12 kills and Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) dished out 28 assists to go with a career-high 20 digs. Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) finished with 10 kills, while Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) had nine kills, six digs and four blocks for the Beavers. Cameron added seven kills and two service aces, while Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Cassidy Witten (Honolulu, Hawaii) chipped in with 15 and 14 digs, respectively, in the victory.
Babson totaled 16 kills in the opening set and surged out to an 8-1 lead. Springfield, which trailed by as many as 12 points, forced the hosts into a timeout after trimming the lead to 19-13. However, the Beavers would regroup to take the set, 25-17, in a frame where the Pride had just seven kills.
Even at 4-4 in the second set, Babson manufactured 10-2 surge to take a stranglehold of the match. Springfield's block would come alive though and keep things close, as consecutive stuffs from Walsh allowed the Pride to pull within 17-15. Springfield would get not closer than two points and the hosts took a 2-0 lead after a 25-21 victory.
After falling behind 3-0 in the third, Springfield put together a spirited 9-0 run to gain momentum for the first time in the match. But Babson would answer right back with a 12-3 burst of their own to force the Pride into a timeout at 15-12. The hosts would not let Springfield get closer than two points as it closed out the sweep with a 25-20 win, getting its 17th kill of the frame to conclude the contest.
Springfield will compete in the New England Challenge this weekend and square off with Tufts, Williams, and Middlebury beginning on Friday night.