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Tufts Sweeps Women's Volleyball In New England Challenge Opener

Tufts Sweeps Women's Volleyball In New England Challenge Opener

Medford, Mass. - October 19, 2018 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team began the New England Challenge with a three-set loss to Tufts in Cousens Gymnasium on Friday night.  The Pride fell by the scores of 25-14, 25-20, 25-12. 

Ranked fifth in the initial NCAA Division III New England Regional Rankings and receiving votes in the latest AVCA Division III National Coaches Poll, Springfield dropped its third-consecutive match to fall to 19-5 on the season.  The win improved Tufts to 12-8 this year.  The Pride's offense continued to struggle, registering a .000 team hitting percentage in the loss, as it totaled 23 kills on the night.  Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) had a team-best eight kills and Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) was credited with 18 assists and nine digs.  

In the the opening set, a stuff block from Labadorf and Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) tied the score at 12, but Tufts would erupt on a 13-2 burst to cruise to a first-set victory.  The Jumbos offense picked up its efficiency late in the set, totaling nine kills in the run to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

Springfield held a 14-13 advantage in the second following a Tufts hitting error, only to have the hosts answer with a 10-4 run to earn a five-point cushion. The Pride made five hitting errors in that span and finished the frame hitting -.102, which allowed the Jumbos to take a 25-20 win.

In the third, Tufts raced out to a 7-2 lead, but a kill from Ashley Tanner (Manorville, N.Y.) pulled the visitors within 9-6.  However, Tufts again put together a set-changing surge, rattling off 11 of the next 13 points to have its lead balloon to 20-8.  The Jumbos 32nd kill of the evening sealed the 25-12 win and sweep.

Springfield will play two more critical in-region matches on Saturday when they face off with Williams and Middlebury at MIT beginning at 11 am.