Providence, R.I. - November 10, 2018 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team fell to Wesleyan University in the NCAA Division III Championship Second Round on Saturday afternoon on the campus of Johnson & Wales University. The Pride dropped the three-set decision by the scores of 25-18, 25-17, 25-15.
With the loss, Springfield's season comes to a close with a 24-8 record, as the Pride reached the second round of the national tournament for the seventh time in the last nine years.
Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) concluded her incredible career with Springfield leading the Pride with 11 digs and seven kills. Classmate Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) chipped in 11 digs and five kills, and Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) handed out 23 assists. The Pride struggled to get into an offensive rhythm due to Wesleyan's tough serving, and was aced nine times in the match and limited to a .116 hitting percentage. For her efforts in the national tournament, Donnelly was selected to the NCAA Division III Championship Providence Regional All-Tournament Team.
After Ashley Tanner (Manorville, N.Y.) ripped a kill off the block to bring Springfield within 7-4 in the first set, Wesleyan put together a 4-1 burst to force the Pride into a timeout at 11-5. Springfield would respond with a 4-1 push, getting within 12-9 following a stuff from Katie vonKampen (South Setauket, N.Y.) and and Kmetz, only to have the Cardinals put together a 7-2 surge to take control of the frame. Wesleyan took the set, 25-18, as it hit at a .341 clip in the set, while Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) and Tanner each provided three kills for the Pride.
After a kill from Donnelly gave the Pride an early 2-1 advantage in the second, Wesleyan reeled off five-straight points, including three-consecutive aces, to gain a 6-2 edge. Wesleyan's cushion would grow to 10-4 following back-to-back Pride miscues, and Springfield would get no closer than four points as the Cardinals pulled away with a 25-17 victory.
The Pride gained a 6-5 edge when Bancroft converted down the line, but the Cardinals again had an answer, this time using a 6-1 spurt to open up an 11-7 lead. Back-to-back Springfield blocks from vonKampen was part of a 3-0 burst for to make it a one-point game at 11-10, but Wesleyan closed out the match scoring 15 of the final 19 points. The Pride committed 12 errors in that span, be it serving, receiving, or attacking, as its season came to a close with a 25-15 setback.