Springfield, Mass. - October 12, 2019 - Led by the outstanding play of Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.), the Springfield College women's volleyball team powered past UMass Boston and Roger Williams in non-conference matches on Saturday in Blake Arena.
With the two victories, Springfield's improves to 15-6 on the year.
Springfield will return to action on Tuesday when it travels to face Mount Holyoke in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match starting at 7 pm.
Springfield 3, UMass Boston 0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-18)
It was an impressive opener for Springfield to start their Saturday as they totaled a .347 team hitting percentage and held the Beacons to a .000 hitting percentage. Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.) had the best match of her collegiate career, posting 17 kills at a .455 clip, which was as many kills as UMass Boston had as an entire team. Katie vonKampen (South Setauket, N.Y.) added 10 kills, while Ashley Tanner (Manorville, N.Y.) tied her career-high of 18 digs to go along with eight kills and three aces. Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) chipped in 13 digs, and Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) produced 34 assists.
The Pride got off to a fast start as an ace from Tanner gave the hosts a 6-0 cushion, before the lead would balloon to 17-3 on an ace by Briana Tovar (Tucson, Ariz.). UMass Boston would be held to just three kills and a -.130 hitting percentage, and their sixth attack error of the set gave Springfield the 25-8 win.
Knotted at six-all in the second set, Springfield put together a 9-2 surge, getting another ace from Tanner to force the Beacons into a timeout trailing 15-8. Springfield's lead would grow to 23-13 on a big swing from Tanner before the hosts eventually earned the 25-15 win. The Pride would hit .444 in the stanza, paced by six kills from Spanos.
After jumping out to a 13-6 advantage in the third following consecutive attack errors by the Beacons, Springfield's lead would be trimmed to 14-12 as the Pride whistled for a timeout. Out of the break, the Pride used a 5-1 spurt, getting three kills from Spanos, to regain a 19-13 edge. Spanos would finish the frame with seven kills to help Springfield pull away with the 25-18 win and three-set sweep.
Springfield 3, Roger Williams 2 (25-23, 17-25, 19-25, 25-17, 15-13)
Just hours after a career-best performance, Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.) put together an even more impressive outing as she erupted for 24 kills at 14 digs while hitting .449 on the pin. The 24 kills was the most for a Springfield College women's volleyball student-athlete since Jen Donnelly '19 went for 27 against Roger Williams on Oct. 7, 2017. Katie vonKampen (South Setauket, N.Y.) registered 14 kills, and Ashley Tanner (Manorville, N.Y.) chipped in 10 kills of her own. Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) was credited with a match-best 26 digs, and Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) tallied 20 digs of her town to go along with 45 assists.
Even at nine in the first set, Springfield gained a 16-11 edge after Bridget Walsh (Garrison, N.Y.) and Gabrielle Bradley (Fairfax, Va.) teammed up for the block. The Hawks would battle back to tie things at 23-all, but vonKampen and Spanos answered with kills to conclude the 25-23 win. The duo combined for 11 kills on 18 errorless attempts in the first set, as Springfield hit .324 as a team.
The Pride's offense struggled in the second set as Roger Williams seized a 14-7 advantage in the early going. Springfield would get no closer than three points, the last coming at 20-17, before the Hawks closed out the frame with five-straight points to win a 25-17 stanza in which they hit .355.
Leading 14-9 midway through the third, Springfield allowed the Hawks to go on 12-2 burst as the visitors gained a 21-16 cushion. Roger Williams totaled 19 kills in the set, and despite getting 11 digs from Sanchez in the frame, Springfield dropped a 25-19 decision.
Springfield's defense limited Roger Williams to a .050 hitting percentage in the fourth as it jumped out to a 16-7 advantage after a kill from Walsh. The Pride would force a fifth set following a 25-17 win as Tanner put away her fourth kill of the set.
The fifth set featured eight ties and three lead changes and it each team had significant runs. After the Hawks scored the first three points of the set, Springfield responded with seven-straight to own a commanding 7-3 lead. However, the Hawks answered right back with four-straight points, only to have Spanos rip a kill to give the Pride an 8-7 edge at the switch. The teams would trade points until 13-all, as Walsh gave Springfield match point with her seventh kill of the night, and the Hawks fourth attack error of the stanza completed the comeback for the Pride. Spanos was dominant in the final set, registering kills on all five of her attempts en route to the 24-kill outing.
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