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Women's Volleyball Falls To Emerson

Women's Volleyball Falls To Emerson

Boston, Mass. - September 25, 2021 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team lost for the first time in the 2021 campaign as it fell to Emerson in three sets on Saturday in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action. Emerson won by the set scores of 26-24, 25-16, 25-19. 

The Pride, which was receiving votes in the latest AVCA Division III National Poll and had previously defeated a pair of nationally-ranked opponents earlier in the week, slipped to 11-1, 3-1 in conference play.  

Springfield was limited to a .124 hitting percentage in the setback, as Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) totaled a team-best 10 kills.  Clair Dorr (Massapequa, N.Y.) was credited with 18 digs and Abigail Wright (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) produced three service aces. 

Facing a 20-16 deficit in the first set, Springfield rattled off six-straight points, including a pair of kills from Bancroft, to open up a 22-20 lead. Emerson would respond with a 3-0 burst of their own, but kills from Jamie Albrecht (Selden, N.Y.) and Bancroft gave the Pride set point.  However, the Lions put away back-to-back kills and benefitted from the Pride's fifth attack error of the frame for the 26-24 win. 

Emerson jumped out to a 12-7 advantage in the second set as Springfield hit .086 in the frame.  The hosts pulled away with a 25-16 win and carried that momentum into the third set by racing out to a 6-1 edge. The Pride showed some resolve scoring six-straight points of their own to regain the lead, only to have Emerson pour on an 8-3 burst to seize a 14-10 cushion.  A kill from Natalie Billet (Commack, N.Y.) would later knot the frame at 16-all, but Emerson closed out the match scoring nine of the final 12 points to complete the sweep. 

Springfield will now regroup for another trip to Boston next Tuesday when it takes on nationally-ranked MIT in a 6 pm showdown. 

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