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Women's Volleyball Picks Up Wins Over RIT and Gordon to Open Season

Women's Volleyball Picks Up Wins Over RIT and Gordon to Open Season

Springfield, Mass. - September 2, 2016 - Behind a combined 23 kills from senior middle blocker Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) the Springfield College women's volleyball team picked up a pair of wins over RIT and Gordon College at the Springfield College Invitational, held in Blake Arena on Friday night.

With the win, the Pride is now 2-0 to start the year. After splitting the first two sets with RIT, the Pride prevailed over the Tigers, 3-1, before besting the Fighting Scots, 3-0, in the night cap. Springfield won by set scores of 25-20, 24-26, 25-8, 25-21 and 25-10, 25-16, 25-12.

The Pride will host Framingham State back in Blake Arena on Saturday at 11 a.m., before closing out the weekend against Westfield State at 3 p.m.

Springfield 3, RIT 1

Opening its 2016 campaign, 13 kills from Holt, 10 kills from junior captain Kayleigh Helgesen (Oceanside, Calif.), and a match-best 19 digs from Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) led the Pride to victory over RIT on Friday night in Blake Arena.

For the Tigers, Sarah Szybist (Colorado Springs, Colo.) registered a match-best 17 kills, while her, and Anna Valentine (Pittsford, N.Y.), combined for 22 digs in the setback. Sophomore setter Erin Parkinson (Carrollton, Texas) also posted a match-high 22 assists for RIT.

Holding an early 9-4 advantage over the Tigers in the first set, Holt picked up back-to-back aces to push the Pride's lead to seven, before Jennifer Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) gave the Pride a 13-7 lead with a kill midway through the opening stanza. After Holt picked up another kill to make it 19-13, Springfield, the Pride closed out the first frame on another putaway from Holt and an ace from freshman Daniela Detore (Lake Grove, N.Y.).

The two sides traded points to open the second set, but Springfield went on a 5-0 run, capped by an attack error from RIT to make it 12-7, Pride. After a combined block from Holt and Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) made it 17-10, RIT rattled off five-consecutive points, before evening the set at 21 apiece. Receiving back-to-back kills from Sarah DelVecchio (Galway, N.Y.) and Szybist, the Tigers took the second set, 26-24.

It was all Springfield in the third set, as back-to-back kills from Kmetz and senior Jennifer Hurwitz (Longmeadow, Mass.) gave the hosts a 15-5 advantage, before Helgesen and Hurwitz capped off the 25-8 set win with two more putaways.

Holding a 2-1 lead in the match, Springfield took an early 10-8 lead in the fourth set following an ace from Holt, before going up 16-13 after a putaway from Helgesen. Up 23-20 late, back-to-back kills from Holt lifted the Pride to the 25-21 set, and 3-1 match win.

Springfield College 3, Gordon 0

Behind a combined 19 kills from Holt and Helgesen, the Springfield College women's volleyball cruised to a three-set sweep of Gordon College in its second contest of the evening. Holt led the Pride with 10 kills, while Helgesen registered nine of her own.

Additionally, Hurwitz posted seven kills, while she and Sanchez combined for 21 digs. Mawdsley and freshman Daniela Detore (Lake Grove, N.Y.) both tallied 13 assists in the win.

For the Fighting Scots, Carleigh Peterson (North Hills, Calif.) notched 13 kills on 38 swings, while Renee Cooprider (Hopkinton, Mass.) posted 16 assists in the loss.

A pair of kills from Holt and Hurwitz in the early goings of the first set gave the Pride an 8-3 advantage, before Springfield went up 12-5 following a kill from Kmetz. Two more kills from the sophomore sparked a 9-3 run for the Pride, which was capped on a kill from Hurwitz, before a putaway from Holt and an ace from Detore sealed the first set, 25-10.

Kmetz got Springfield off to a hot start in the second frame, as she gave the Pride a 10-6 lead with a kill, before Helgesen gave the Pride a 15-14 advantage, which sparked a six-point swing for Springfield, giving the hosts a 21-14 lead. After a kill from Gordon's Jamie Tafoya (Fort Collins, Colo.) to make it 21-15, Pride, Springfield closed out the 25-16 win on four consecutive errors from the Fighting Scots.

Springfiled jumped out to a 14-5 lead in the third set on back-to-back kills from Holt and Hurwitz,  before Helgesen gave the hosts a 19-12 lead late in the stanza. Up 22-12 late, Holt picked up two kills and a solo block to finish off the Fighting Scots, giving Springfield its second win of the evening.