Women's Volleyball Earns Wins Over UMass Boston Roger Williams
Bristol, R.I. - October 9, 2021 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team earned a pair of non-conference victories in a tri-match on Saturday as it bested both UMass Boston and Roger Williams in four sets each.
The Pride, which was once again receiving votes in the AVCA Division III National Coaches Poll, improved to 14-4 on the season with the two wins.
Springfield will return to conference play on Tuesday when it wraps up its four-match roadswing at Mount Holyoke for a 7 pm match.
Springfield 3, UMass Boston 1 (25-11, 25-17, 22-25, 25-18)
Springfield produced a .356 team hitting percentage in the four-set win over the Beacons as five student-athletes had at least five kills. Natalie Billet (Commack, N.Y.) produced 11 kills, 10 digs, and three aces, while classmate Jamie Albrecht (Selden, N.Y.) delivered 11 kills of her own on the right side on a .400 hitting percentage. Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) handed out 41 assists and added 11 digs, while Hailey Deguire (Schenectady, N.Y.) led all players with 17 digs. Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) and Kylie Wixted (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) combined for 15 kills in the middle to balance the Pride's offensive attack.
In the first set, Springfield hit .435 as a team and earned an 11-3 following back-to-back aces from Billet. The Beacons would get as close as 13-8 before Springfield closed out the frame on a 12-3 push.
Facing a 7-6 deficit in the second, Springfield rattled off a 7-1 burst capped off by an ace from Deguire to snag a 13-8 advantage. The lead would balloon to 20-11 after consecutive attack errors from UMass Boston as the Pride cruised to a 25-17 win.
Despite leading 7-6 in the early going of the third, Springfield surrendered 14-4 surge as UMass Boston would pull away with a 25-22 win for their first set victory of the day.
Coming out of a timeout leading 13-12 in the fourth, the Pride scored three-consecutive points to gain a 16-12 cushion as the Beacons whistled for a timeout themselves. Another three-point run capped off by a kill from Albrecht allowed the Pride to take control at 22-14 and Wixted completed the win with a kill for the 25-18 victory.
Springfield 3, Roger Williams 1 (25-18, 25-16, 22-25, 25-20)
Billet was sensational for the Pride against Roger Williams as she erupted for 22 kills at a .442 hitting percentage, while Labadorf was credited with 50 assists, 10 digs, and five kills in helping Springfield hit .331 as a team. Albrecht continued to impress on the right side with 13 kills at a .409 clip, while Wixted added four blocks and Deguire produced a match-best 13 digs.
Tied at 11 in the first, Springfield put together a 6-0 run, featuring a pair of kills from Billet, to open up a 17-11 cushion. The hosts would surge back to even things at 18, only to have Springfield close out the frame with the final seven points, highlighted by two tuff blocks from Wixted.
Springfield jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the second and pushed its advantage to 22-10 when Wixted and Labadorf combined for a block. Springfield would put down 17 kills at a .382 clip in the frame to coast to the 25-16 triumph.
Knotted up at 16 in the third, the Hawks used a 4-1 burst to seize control and held on for the 25-22 victory as the hosts produced a match-best 18 kills in the set.
In the fourth, Roger Williams snagged an 11-7 lead in the early going, only to have a 6-2 run by the Pride which was capped off by a kill from Bancroft give Springfield a 16-14 lead. RWU would get as close as 20-19, but Springfield scored five of the final six points to take the four-set win as their offense delivered 16 kills at a .583 hitting percentage in the stanza.
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