Rochester, N.Y. - October 14, 2017 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team concluded the Brick City Invitational with losses to Vassar and host RIT on Saturday. Vassar won by the scores of 25-19, 25-17, 30-28 before RIT rallied past the Pride 19-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-13.
The setbacks bring Springfield's record to 14-7 on the year.
Against Vassar, Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) posted 10 kills and 10 digs, Hannah Lozano (Stockton, Calif.) racked up 21 digs, while Kayley Cimino (Cumberland, Maine) handed out 32 assists. Kayleigh Helgesen (Oceanside, Calif.) chipped in six kills and five blocks for the Pride.
Despite surging out to a two-set lead against RIT, Springfield could not hang on as it lost a five-set battle. Lozano continued to put up huge defensive numbers, totaling 32 digs in the loss, while Cimino stuffed her stat sheet with 32 assists, 10 kills, six blocks, and three aces. Donnelly totaled a team-best 13 kills and Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) was credited with seven blocks.
Hanging onto an 11-10 lead in the first set, Springfield put together a 5-2 surge, capped off by a Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) kill to gain the cushion it would need. Cimino had five of Springfield's 16 kills in the frame as it coasted to the 25-19 win.
In the second, Springfield used kills from Kmetz and Helgesen to break a 22-all tie, and an attack error by RIT allowed the Pride to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Springfield held a 21-19 cushion in the third following a a kill by Hannah Andres (West Barnstable, Mass.), only to have the Tigers rattle off six-straight points to claim the set. Springfield regrouped and stormed out to a 10-1 lead in the fourth set, and would cling to a 19-16 lead after a big block from Bancroft and Laura Townsend (Willington, Conn.). However, the Tigers put together another critical burst, this time with eight unanswered points en route to the 25-21 victory.
The fifth set featured six ties, the last coming at 12-all before back-to-back Springfield miscues gave the Tigers match point, which would later lead to a 15-13 victory.
Springfield will look to bounce back in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play when it hosts Babson at 7 pm in Blake Arena.