Helgesen and Holt Power Women's Volleyball Past Haverford and Stevens

Helgesen and Holt Power Women's Volleyball Past Haverford and Stevens

Hoboken, N.J. - October 14, 2016 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team defeated Haverford in four sets before rallying for a five-set win against host Stevens at the Stevens Invitational in Canavan Arena on Friday.

Springfield, which was once again receiving votes in the this week's AVCA Division III National Coaches Poll, improves to 19-3 on the season.

Springfield will play two more matches on Saturday versus Farleigh Dickinson and Montclair State.

Springfield 3, Haverford 1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-16)

A career-high 17 kills from Kayleigh Helgesen (Oceanside, Calif.) and a 13-kill, 11-block performance by Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) lifted Springfield to a four-set win over Haverford in the Pride's opening match of the weekend. 

Helgesen's 17 kills came at a .394 clip as she added five blocks, while Holt was dominant, racking up 13 kills and hitting .458 to go along with 11 blocks.  Marnae Mawdsley (Bolton, Conn.) handed out 42 assists and Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) was credited with 23 digs.  Additionally, Jennifer Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) chipped in 10 kills and Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) registered 12 digs, eight kills, five blocks, and two aces. 

The first set featured 11 ties and Springfield earned a 19-17 cushion following a a kill from Donnelly.  However, Haverford put together a 4-0 surge to seize a two-point advantage of their own and eventually took the opening set, 25-23, thanks to 20 team kills at a .486 clip. For Springfield, Helgesen carried the offense, totaling six kills.

Trailing 12-10 in the second set, Springfield rattled of a 7-1 run, which was capped off by an ace from Hannah Lozano (Stockton, Calif.).  The Fords responded with a 6-2 push of their own to knot things at 19-all, but kills from Kmetz and Donnelly gave the Pride back a two-point lead.   Haverford would score four of the next six points to force Springfield into a timeout at 23-23.  Out of the break, the Pride used kills from Holt and Helgesen for the 25-23 win.

The teams traded points to start the third set before the Fords put together a 4-1 burst to seize a 10-7 lead.  Springfield answered right back with eight unanswered points and used consecutive blocks from Holt to earn an 18-11 cushion.   All told, Springfield would manufacture a 18-3 run to take the third set, 25-13.

Springfield seized the momentum it earned in the fourth set and raced out to a 12-2 lead to start the fourth after back-to-back aces from Mawdsley.  The Fords made one final push, using an 11-6 run to force the Pride into a timeout after clawing back within 16-11.  However, Springfield eventually had its lead balloon to 23-15 on a Jennifer Hurwitz (Longmeadow, Mass.) ace and Donnelly hammered her 10th kill of the match to seal the four-set victory.

Springfield 3, Stevens 2 (17-25, 25-21, 17-25, 25-17, 15-10)

Kayleigh Helgesen (Oceanside, Calif.) totaled 17 kills for the second-straight match and Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) delivered 14 kills and eight blocks to fuel Springfield's spirited five-set comeback victory.  The Pride was able to pick up a key out-of-region win against the Ducks, who were also receiving votes in the AVCA National Coaches Poll and entered the match with a 22-2 record.

Marnae Mawdsley (Bolton, Conn.) registered 47 assists to go along with 17 digs, and Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) posted a team-best 20 digs. Hayley Kmetz(Ardsley, N.Y.) stuffed her stat sheet again and was dynamic down the stretch, finishing with eight digs, six blocks, six kills, and three aces.  

The opening set began as a back-and-forth affair, with a kill from Jennifer Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) evening things at 10-all for the eighth tie in the early going.  The Ducks then used a 4-1 push to gain the cushion it would need to take control of the set.  Springfield committed seven attack errors as Stevens took the opener, 25-17.

Consecutive kills from Jennifer Hurwitz (Longmeadow, Mass.) put Springfield ahead 5-2 to start the second, and the lead grew to 10-5 after three-straight Stevens attack errors.  The Pride remained in control until a late Duck push brought the hosts within 22-21, forcing head coach Moira Long into a timeout.  Out of the break, Holt sided out with a kill, kicking starting a 3-0 push to give Springfield the 25-21 win

Helgesen ripped a ball in transition to even things at five in the third, but Stevens scored the next five points to open up a 10-5 lead. Springfield answered with four-straight of their own to get within one, only to have the Ducks manufacture a 10-3 run to have its lead balloon to 20-12.  Springfield got as close as six points before falling, 25-17.

Springfield took advantage off four Stevens miscues and got off to an 8-3 start to begin the fourth to force the hosts into a timeout.  The lead grew to 16-10 on a huge block from Kmetz and Holt and the Pride eased its way to a 25-17 victory after another big block from Holt and Kmetz.

The Pride carried its momentum into the fifth, and after trading the first four points, put together a 7-0 push to take an 9-2 lead after another block from Holt and Kmetz.   The Ducks answered with a 5-1 run to close within 10-7, but Kmetz took over with two aces and a big swing out of the backrow to earn match point at 14-8.  Donnelly completed the comeback as her swing found the back corner for the win.