Springfield, Mass. - September 21, 2019 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team was bested by WPI in four sets in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on Saturday in Blake Arena. The Engineers prevailed 9-25, 25-21, 25-23, 27-25.
The win evened WPI's record to 5-5, 1-1 in conference play, while the Pride fell to 9-4, 0-2.
Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) led all players with 16 kills while hitting .452 in the middle. Ashley Tanner (Manorville, N.Y.) registered six aces to go along with 16 digs and eight kills, and Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) tallied a match-best 21 digs. Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) turned in 34 assists, 14 digs, and six kills in the setback.
For WPI, Amanda Wetmore notched 15 kills and five aces, Catherine Reynolds was credited with 36 assists and 18 digs, and Sarah Kwatinetz chipped in eight kills.
In the first set, Springfield hit at a .435 clip and held the Engineers to a .000 hitting percentage as the Pride coasted to a 25-9 win. Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.) had five kills in the set for the hosts, and Sanchez sealed the frame with Springfield's fifth set of the stanza.
Bancroft buried a kill to give Springfield the 21-20 lead in the second set as the Engineers called for a timeout. However, out the break, the Engineers reeled off five-straight points and took advantage of four Springfield attack errors en route to the 25-21 win. The second set featured 11 ties and six lead changes as WPI erupted for 16 kills at a .352 clip.
In the third, Springfield held a comfortable 23-19 advantage following a kill from Bridget Walsh (Garrison, N.Y.). Following a sideout kill from Wetmore, WPI then used three-straight aces from Wetmore to knot the frame up at 23. Springfield then committed back-to-back attack errors, allowing WPI to rally for the 25-23 win.
Trailing 17-14 in the fourth, Springfield called timeout and then rattled off six-straight points, highlighted by a pair of aces from Julia O'Connor (Rocky Hill, Conn.). The hosts would gain set point at 24-21 on another kill from Bancroft, only to have the Engineers use a four-point burst to gain match point at 25-24. Labadorf delivered a kill to keep the Engineers at bay, but a kill from Maddie Sanborn and attack error from Springfield completed the four-set win for WPI.
Springfield will conclude its three-match homestand on Tuesday evening when it hosts Clark at 7 pm in Blake Arena.
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