Springfield, Mass. - October 22, 2019 - In a rematch of last year's conference championship match, the Springfield College women's volleyball team was bested by nationally-ranked Babson in New England Women's and Men's Atheltic Conference (NEWMAC) play in Blake Arena on Tuesday. Babson won by the scores of 25-16, 16-25, 25-17, 25-19.
The Beavers, who checked in at No. 17 in the most recent AVCA Division III National Coaches Poll, are now 24-1 on the year, including 7-1 in conference play. Springfield fell to 16-10, 2-5 in NEWMAC action.
Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.) totaled a match-high 15 kills to go along with 10 digs, while Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) racked up 23 digs for Springfield. Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) totaled 25 assists, nine digs, and two of the Pride's eight aces.
For Babson, Allie Puccio notched 14 kills and Jordan Lapins chipped in 11 kills of her own. Elizabeth Cameron delivered 41 assists and 13 digs in leading the visitors to a .252 hitting percentage and Kristin Carosotto produced 10 kills and five blocks in the middle.
The Beavers used a four-point spurt early in the opening set to gain a 6-2 lead and the Pride would whistle for a timeout trailing 15-9 as Babson combined for a block on the pin. The visitors would coast to the 25-16 win behind six kills from Puccio as Babson totaled 14 kills at a .323 clip in the opener.
Springfield turned a 10-9 advantage into a 16-11 cushion following a huge swing from Spanos. The hosts limited Babson to just a .081 hitting percentage in the set, and were fueled by eight digs and four kills by Spanos. Springfield would pull away with a 25-16 win of their own, sealed by an ace by Labadorf, which was the Pride's fifth ace of the night.
After Labadorf posted a kill to bring Springfield within 8-7 in the third, the Beavers rattled off a 9-3 burst as the Pride burned both of its timeouts facing a 17-10 deficit. Springfield would get within 19-16 following a kill by Katie vonKampen (South Setauket, N.Y.), but a 6-1 run by Babson down the stretch completed the 25-17 win.
The hosts continued to show plenty of fight in the third, trailing just 12-9 after a Babson service error. However, the Beavers offense would come alive, and a 9-2 run would give the Beavers a 10-point cushion. Springfield would get as close as five points before Carosotto crafted a kill around the block for the win. In the final set, Babson totaled 18 kills at an impressive .432 hitting percentage.
Springfield will not play again until next Tuesday when it hosts Wheaton at 7 pm in the Pride's home finale.
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