Wellesley, Mass. - October 5, 2019 - In a rematch of last year's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Semifinal, the Springfield College women's volleyball was swept by Wellesley on Saturday afternoon. The Blue prevailed at Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse by the scores of 25-17, 25-18, 25-22.
Wellesley improved to 12-3 overall and 6-0 NEWMAC play, while Springfield dropped its second straight to move to 12-6 overall and 1-4 in conference.
Lauren Gedney (Huntersville, N.C.) put down 16 kills on 29 attempts, finishing with a .483 hitting percentage to lead the hosts to the conference win. Nicole Doerges (San Marino, Calif.) totaled 11 kills and nine digs, and Nikki Jensen (Castro Valley, Calif.) rounded out the Blue outside attack with four kills while also adding 12 digs and a pair of aces. Senior Meghan Shoop (Cypress, Calif.) totaled a match-high 17 digs and sophomore setter Izzy Seebold (Concord, N.H.) had 30 assists, four kills and two aces.
Senior Katie vonKampen (South Setauket, N.Y.) led the way at the net for the Pride, totaling 11 kills and no errors on 19 attempts en route to a .579 hitting percentage. Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.) and Ashley Tanner (Manorville, N.Y.) each chipped in with five kills, while Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) and Mackenzie Nunes (The Woodlands, Texas) combined for 24 assists. Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) had 16 digs and four assists in the setback.
Wellesley limited Springfield to just eight kills in each of the first two sets, taking a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-17 first set victory and a 25-18 second set win. A kill from Doerges tied the match 8-8 in the first set and sparked an 8-1 Wellesley run that turned the game in the Blue's favor. Wellesley never trailed in the second set, using a 6-0 run at the end of the frame to close out the 25-18 win.
The Blue jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the third game and eventually had a 15-10 advantage following a kill from Jensen. Springfield rallied for five of the next six points to cut the lead to 16-15, but the Pride couldn't rally past the Blue as Wellesley went on to finish a 25-22 victory on the final kill of the match from Gedney.
On Tuesday night, Springfield will travel to continue conference play against Smith at 7 pm.
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