Women's Volleyball Splits With Westfield State and Roger Williams

Women's Volleyball Splits With Westfield State and Roger Williams

Springfield, Mass. - October 6, 2017 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team eased past Westfield State before being edged by Roger Williams in Blake Arena on Saturday afternoon in the Tom Hay Invitational.

The split brings Springfield's record to 12-5 on the season. 

Springfield will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Tuesday when it heads to Mount Holyoke for a 7 pm tilt. 

 Springfield 3, Westfield State 0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-11)

The Pride cruised to a straight-set victory as it hit .312 as a team in its first match of the day.  Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) led Springfield with a match-high 10 kills comiing at a .409 clip, while Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) added nine kills and three blocks while hitting .467 out of the middle.  Kayley Cimino (Cumberland, Maine) handed out 30 assists, Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) had three of Springfield's' nine aces, and Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) was credited with a match-best 17 digs. 

Westfield State was limited to a .051 hitting percentage in the match as Springfield held a 68-42 edge in digts and has 17 more kills than the visiting Owls.

Even at three in the first set, Donnelly sided out with a kill for the Pride and then went on a seven-point scoring run from the end line to give the Pride an 11-3 cushion.  The Owls would battle back within 16-11 after a Springfield attack error, but the hosts would manufacture on a 9-2 surge to close out the frame, with Kelsie Dwyer (Quincy, Mass.) blasting a kill for the 25-13 win.  Sanchez was all over the court defensively in the frame, producing 11 digs for Springfield. 

Springfield put together its best offensive showing of the match in the second frame as it totaled 18 kills at a .378 clip, with Donnelly's six kills leading the charge.  The Pride found itself trailing 19-16 following an attack error, but regrouped with a 5-0 burst that was capped off by a backrow kill from Donnelly in transition.  After a service error brought the Owls within one on the ensuing point, Springfield scored four the final five points, getting a pair of kills from Katie vonKampen (South Setauket, N.Y.) to key the run.

The Pride wasted little time making quick work of the third set as it surged out to a 15-2 lead and never looked back.  Hannah Andres (West Barnstable, Mass.) had a strong showing in the frame, tallying eight digs and a pair of aces off the bench, and the Pride benefited from the Owls hitting -.081 en route to taking the 25-11 victory.

Roger Williams 3, Springfield 2 (15-25, 26-24, 13-25, 26-24, 15-9)

Despite getting career-best performances from both Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) and Kayley Cimino (Cumberland, Maine), the Pride was bested in five sets by Roger Williams.  Springfield produced 27 more kills, 23 more digs, and eight more aces than the Hawks in the contest, but fell victim to a 9-0 run to close out the match as it lost for just the fifth time this season.

Donnelly was incredible in the setback, setting a new career-high with 27 kills, coming at a .426 clip, to go along with 18 digs.  Cimino handed out a career-best 44 assists while added seven digs and six kills, and Katie vonKampen (South Setauket, N.Y.) chipped in 11 kills.  Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) led all players with 30 digs, and Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) recorded 10 kills, 10 digs, and five aces. 

Springfield opened up a 10-6 cushion to start the match when Sanchez produced consecutive service aces and forced the visitors into a timeout at 13-8 when Bridget Walsh (Garrison, N.Y.) put away an overpass.   Springfield continued to keep the pressure on earning set point when Donnelly powered a kill through the block, and Walsh put away her fifth kill of the set for the 25-15 win.  Springfield produced 16 kills at a .324 clip in the stanza, compared to just six kills for the visitors..

 After seizing an early 4-1 edge on a huge stuff from Donnelly and Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.), Roger Williams regrouped and earned a 14-12 lead as the Pride called for a timeout.   Springfield would get as close as one on three occasions before the Hawks scored three straight points to push the lead to 19-15 as the Pride burned around timeout.  Facing a 24-19 deficit, Springfield reeled off five-straight points behind the tough serving of Rebecca Higgins (Orchard Park, N.Y.), only to have the Hawks answer with a pair of kills for the 26-24 win.  Donnelly had seven of the Pride's 14 kills in the set.

The Pride used a 5-1 burst to snag an 11-6 cushion early in the third after a kill by Cimino made the Hawks call for a timeout.   Holding a 16-10 advantage, a kill from Bancroft kicked started an 8-0 surge, which would ultimatley result in Springfield take a 25-13 third-set win following a huge block from Walsh and vonKampen.   

In the fourth, Springfield came out of a timeout trailing 9-8 and scored five of the next seven points to take a 13-11 edge following a kill by vonKampen off the block.  Donnelly blistered her 21st kill of the night to set a new career high at 17-16, but the Hawks responded three-straight points, getting consecutive aces to force the Pride into a timeout down 19-17.  Out of the break, the Pride went to Donnelly, who hammered three-straight kills to put the hosts back on top.  A kill from Walsh knotted things at 24, but the Hawks again used back-to-back kills for the 26-24 win.  Springfield racked up 21 kills in the stanza, including 11 from Donnelly.

In the fifth, Springfield used a 3-0 burst, highlighted by a kill and ace from vonKampen to earn a 9-6 edge.  However, a sideout kill from the Hawks would turn the tides as the visitors poured on nine unanswered points to snag the five-set win.  The Hawks had five blocks in the run and benefited from seven Springfield attack errors in an eight-point span.