Brooklyn, N.Y. - September 7, 2019 - Competing in the NYU Invitational for the second-straight day, the Springfield College women's volleyball program split a pair of five-set matches against Stockton and NYU in the Brooklyn Athletic Facility on Saturday. Springfield fell in five sets to begin their day versus Stockton before bouncing back with a five-set win over host NYU.
The split brings the Pride's record to 5-1 through the first two weekends of the 2019 campaign.
In the midst of an eight-match roadtrip, Springfield will return to New York on Wednesday to battle Union at 7 pm.
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Stockton 3, Springfield 2 (27-25, 23-25, 25-17, 20-25, 15-11)
In their first setback of the season, Springfield was paced by four players in double-figure kills as Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) directed the offense with 45 assists. Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) totaled 14 kills, hitting .480, to go along with eight blocks, while both Bridget Walsh (Garrison, N.Y.) and Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.) each totaled 13 kills. Gabrielle Bradley (Fairfax, Va.) added 12 kills and Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) registered a season-best 28 digs.
After leading 6-3 in the first on a stuff block from Labadorf, Stockton rallied past Springfield to gain a 21-18 cushion following a 4-0 burst. Springfield would regain the lead and earn set point at 25-24, only to have the Ospreys rattle off three-straight points to win the first set.
Even at 18 in the second, Springfield used a 5-1 run capped off by a Bradley kill to take command of a frame and would even the match at a set apiece following a 25-23 win. THe Pride would hold a 10-8 cushion in the third, but fell victim to an 8-1 run by the Ospreys as they pulled away with a 25-18 win.
It was all Springfield in the fourth as they raced ahead of Stockton to gain a 10-3 advantage and would lead by as many as 10 points before forcing a fifth set with a 25-20 win. The fifth set was tied seven times, the last time at 10-10 following a kill from Katie vonKampen (East Setauket, N.Y.). However, Stockton scored the next three points to get some breathing room and held on for the 15-11 win.
Springfield 3, NYU 2 (22-25, 27-25, 25-18, 17-25, 15-12)
Bancroft led all players with 15 kills and racked up seven blocks, while vonKampen was the only other member of the Pride with double digit kills as she turned in 10. Sanchez led the Pride with 23 digs, Briana Tovar (Tucson, Ariz.) added 21 of her own, and Labadorf had 27 assists and 15 digs.
The host Violets seized a 7-1 lead to start the match, but the Pride would battle back to take a 15-14 cushion on a kill by Sanchez. However, NYU would score five-straight points to break an 18-all tie and coasted to the 25-22 win.
It was Springfield that used a fast start to its advantage in the second set, going up 7-3 in the early going. Despite leading 19-14 on a kill by Walsh, Springfield would let NYU back into the set with several errors as the score would eventually be knotted at 25. However, Bancroft and vonKampen sealed for a huge stuff and Sanchez delivered an ace for the 27-25 win.
Springfield kept it rolling in the third, going up 13-4 when when Bancroft and Ashley Tanner (Manorville, N.Y.) combined for a block. Springfield would hold the hosts to just a .027 hitting percentage and won the third, 25-18, following a kill by Spanos.
NYU would score the first four points of the fourth set as the Pride committed three-straight attack errors. A 6-0 run by the Violets midway through the set allowed the hosts to gain an eight-point edge as the Pride committed 11 attack errors in the set and hit just -.067.
In the fifth, the Pride opened up an 8-5 lead at the switch, and Walsh would convert out of the middle to make it a 10-6 ball game. NYU would make one last push, getting three-straight points to pull within 10-9, but Walsh would respond with a kill and ace as part of a 4-1 burst, and Bancroft concluded the evening with her 15th kill of the night for the 15-10 win.