Providence, R.I. - September 14, 2019 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team wrapped up the Johnson & Wales Invitaitonal on Saturday with a pair of straight-set sweeps over Roger Williams and Stevens.
The wins move the Pride's record to 8-2 on the year.
Springfield will begin New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday when it travels to take on MIT at 7 pm.
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Springfield 3, Roger Williams 0 (25-19, 25-22, 26-24)
In the victory over Roger Williams, Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) notched 11 kills, hitting .526, and added five blocks, while Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.) registered 11 kills, seven digs, five aces, and three blocks of her own. Bridget Walsh (Garrison, N.Y.) contributed nine kills and three blocks, and Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) was credited with 27 assists in leading the Pride to its second-best hitting percentage of the season, a .351.
Facing a 13-9 deficit in the first set, Springfield used three kills from Walsh as part of a six-point scoring run which put them in front, 15-13. With the score tied at 16, Springfield again rattled off a 4-0 burst, using two kills from Bancroft to gain the breathing room it would need to take a 25-19 win.
Roger Williams held a comfortable 13-8 advantage in the second set, but a side-out kill from Walsh kickstarted a 10-0 surge for the Pride. Thanks to four aces from Spanos, Springfield seized an 18-13 cushion and took a 2-0 lead in the match on a Spanos kill for the 25-22 win.
Spanos and Walsh combined for a block at 21-17 in the third, only to have Roger Williams battled back into the set and earn set point at 24-23. However, Katie vonKampen (East Setauket, N.Y.) answered with a kill for the Pride and back-to-back Hawk errors, including a match-sealing block from Bancroft and Gabrielle Bradley (Fairfax, Va.), gave the Pride the three-set sweep.
Springfield 3, Stevens 0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-12)
Springfield again leaned on Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) and Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.) in sweep of Stevens as each tallied 13 kills. Bancroft led all players with four blocks, Gabrielle Bradley (Fairfax, Va.) registered six kills, five digs, three aces, and two blocks, and Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) and Mackenzie Nunes (The Woodlands, Texas) combined for 33 assists. Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) turned in a match-best 14 digs in keying a defense that held the Ducks to a .067 team hitting percentage.
Trailing 17-13 in the first set, Springfield put together a 7-1 run that was capped off by two aces from Bradley which put them in front, 20-18. Stevens would eventually even the set at 22 following a Pride service error, but kills from Bradley and Katie vonKampen (East Setauket, N.Y.) gave Springfield set point. Two points later, Bancroft would put away a ball in the middle to complete the comeback for the 25-23 win.
Springfield again found itself trailing by four in the second set, this time at 11-7, only this time the Pride scored eight-straight points to go up 15-11 after an ace by Labadorf. The Ducks again made a late charge, getting within 22-21, but consecutive kills from Bancroft and a set-sealing kill from Ashley Tanner (Manorville, N.Y.) gave Springfield a two-set lead.
The offense erupted for 14 kills on 24 errorless attempts in the third set as Springfield hit .583 as a team and coasted to a 25-12 win. Bradley keyed the set with a six-point scoring run from the end line, and Tanner once again finished off the set with a kill, her fourth of the match.