Women's Volleyball Sweeps Westfield State and Endicott In Tom Hay Opening Night

Springfield, Mass. - October 7, 2016 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team swept both Westfield State and Endicott in the opening night of the 2016 Tom Hay Invitational in Blake Arena on Friday.

Springfield has now won seven-straight matches and improves to 14-3 with the wins. 

Springfield will host two more matches on Saturday, taking on Bard at 11 am before battling local-rival Amherst at 3 pm. 

Springfield 3, Westfield State 0 (25-9, 25-8, 25-19)

Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) led all players with 10 kills at a .500 clip in just two sets to go along with three blocks, while Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) stuffed her stat sheet with seven kills, five aces, and four blocks.  Marnae Mawdsley (Bolton, Conn.) and Daniela Detore (Lake Grove, N.Y.) led the Pride offense to a .330 hitting percentage, and Anagabrielle Sanchez(Caguas, Puerto Rico) was remarkable defensively, totaling 19 digs and three aces to lead a Springfield defensive unit that held the Owls to a .012 hitting percentage. 

Springfield earned a 9-2 lead to start the match when Kayleigh Helgesen (Oceanside, Calif.) pounded a ball cross court and would later force the visitors into a timeout after Kmetz blasted a shot down the line at 15-5. Led by a tremendous defensive showing by Sanchez, the Pride limited Westfield State to a .000 hitting percentage as she totaled 11 digs in the frame to guide the hosts to a 25-9 win.  Both Helgesen and Holt totaled four kills apiece to pace Springfield's attack.  

With the score knotted at five-all in the second, the Pride reeled off seven-straight points, using a Sanchez ace to force the Owls into a timeout trailing, 12-5.  Springfield didn't let up out of the break, continuing to pour on the pressure with another five-straight points, getting an overpass kill from Caroline Losure (Bethlehem, Conn.) to make the visitors burn their final timeout at 17-5.  A total of 12 Springfield players saw the court in the set as the Pride hit .706 as a team, bolstered by six kills from Holt. 

With plenty of new faces in the lineup to start the third set, Springfield found itself trailing 11-7, making head coach Moira Long call her first timeout of the evening.  Out of the break, the hosts put together a 10-1 surge which featured three aces from Kmetz.  The Owls would get as close as three on five occasions, only to have three errors down the stretch give the Pride a 25-19 victory. 

Springfield 3, Endicott 0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-19)

Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) dominanted the match with 11 kills and seven blocks while hitting .435, and Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) racked up a match-high 12 kills at a .345 clip to go along with five blocks of her own.  Marnae Mawdsley (Bolton, Conn.) handed out 32 assists and was credited with a season-best 17 digs, and Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) chipped in 16 digs and two aces. 

After Springfield opened up an 11-8 cushion on a Jamie Schneck (Livingston, N.J.) overpass kill, the visitors responded with a 4-1 surge, capped off by an ace down the line to force the Pride into its first timeout of the night.  The Gulls would push their lead to 18-15 thanks to their third ace, but Springfield would battle back to knot things at 23-all.  Out of an Endicott timeout, Holt converted out of the middle and Kayleigh Helgesen (Oceanside, Calif.) ripped a ball down the line for the 25-23 victory.  The Pride hit .324 in the set, with Holt pacing the offense with five kills.

Holt set the tone early on in the second set with consecutive aces to give the hosts a 6-2 lead.  Endicott would eventually close within 8-7, but then Holt took the set over, producing three kills and three blocks as part of 9-0 burst, to give the Pride a comfortable 17-7 lead.   The Pride coasted for the 25-14 win as the duo Kmetz and Holt combined for nine kills and six blocks while hitting .571.

In the third, Springfield earned an 11-7 advantage on a Schneck kill, but four-straight points by the visitors evened things at 11 all.   The Pride would answer back with a 6-0 burst, highlighted by a huge solo block from Holt, to go up 17-11.  Endicott would get no closer than five, and a swing from Jennifer Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) in transition sealed the 25-19 victory.