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Women's Volleyball Wins Springfield College Invitational

Women's Volleyball Wins Springfield College Invitational

Springfield, Mass. - September 4, 2021 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team registered wins over Endicott and Skidmore on Saturday in Blake Arena to once again capture the Springfield College Invitational.  For the third time in her career, Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Invitational, and was joined by Natalie Billet (Commack, N.Y.) and Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) on the All-Invitational Team. 

 The Pride opened up the day with a 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 25-14 against Endicott before sweeping Skidmore 25-12, 25-16, 25-16 to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Next up for the Pride will be the Union Invitational in New York next weekend. 

Springfield 3, Endicott 1 

The Pride benefitted from the best performance of Billet's young career as she turned in 18 kills, nine digs, and four aces, while classmate Kylie Wixted (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) registered 10 kills on 16 errorless attempts in the middle.  The hosts hit .311 in the win as Labadorf distributed 35 assists and was credited with 15 digs, six aces, and three blocks and Bancroft also tacked on seven kills and four blocks.

After falling behind 17-14 in the first, Springfield rattled off a 6-3 surge as Wixted put away a ball in the middle to force an Endicott timeout at 22-20.  The teams would be knotted at 23 before a Gulls service error and Bancroft kill gave the Pride a 25-23 comeback win.  All told, Springfield registered 20 kills in the set and hit .516.

The teams traded points in the second before Endicott scored four-straight points to open up a 17-13 advantage. Springfield would get no closer than two points as Endicott pulled out a 25-21 win. 

Holding an 18-16 lead in the third, Springfield used a 5-2 push late in the frame to gain a five-point lead.  Another Bancroft kill game Springfield set point before a Gulls attack error gave the Pride a 25-19 win. Billet totaled six kills in a set where the Pride hit .400.

In the fourth, the Pride took control for good, getting a 9-2 surge fueled by a pair of aces from Abigail Wright (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) en route to a 17-10 lead. Labadorf would seal the four-set win with back-to-back aces in the 25-14 triumph as the Pride benefitted from six aces in the set and six more kills from Billet.

Springfield 3, Skidmore 0

14 different student-athletes saw action in the sweep of Skidmore, with Ashley Tanner (Manorville, N.Y.) totaling 10 kills and seven digs to pace the offense. Labadorf and Morgan Stafford (Corbett, Ore.) combined for 27 helpers in aiding the Pride to a .310 hitting percentage, and Claire Dorr (Massapequa, N.Y.) notched a career-high 16 digs. 

The Pride hit .310 in the match, which was highlighted by a first set in which is totaled 16 kills and hit .652.  Both Tanner and Elsie Phillips (Granby, Conn.) had four kills in the set as Springfield stormed out to a 6-1 lead and never looked back in the 25-12 win.

Tovar had three aces in the second and fueled an 8-0 surge from the endline that put the Pride in command at 18-12.  Springfield would take a 2-0 set lead with a 25-16 victory after Tanner put away her seventh kill of the match.

Even at 10 in the third, Springfield took advantage of four Skidmore attack errors as part of a 9-2 burst as Springfield opened up a 19-12 lead. The Pride woud lead by as many as nine points and Hailey Deguire (Schenectady, N.Y.) ripped the hosts 12th ace of the match.

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All-Tournament Team
Ines Grom-Mansenecal - Brandeis 
Regan Fleming - Keene State
Elizabeth Johnson - Keene State
Colleen McAvoy - Endicott
Sara Labadorf - Springfield
Natalie Billet - Springfield
Camryn Bancroft - Springfield (MVP)