Women's Volleyball Wins Stevens Invitational

Women's Volleyball Wins Stevens Invitational

Hoboken, N.J. - October 15, 2016 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team continued its winning ways with a straight-set win over Farleigh Dickinson and a five-set win against Montclair State on Saturday as part of the Stevens Invitational in Canavan Arena.

The wins improve Springfield College's record to 21-3 overall, as it pushed its winning streak to 14 matches.

The Pride will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Tuesday when it travels to face WPI for a 7 pm tilt.

Springfield 3, Farleigh Dickinson 0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-19)

Kayleigh Helgesen (Oceanside, Calif.) and Jennifer Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) tallied 12 kills apiece to lead the Springfield College women's volleyball team to a three-set sweep of Farleigh Dickinson in the Pride's first match of the day.

Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) continued her dominant stretch at the net, totaling nine blocks and eight kills, and Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) delivered a team-best 19 digs.  Marnae Mawdsley (Bolton, Conn.) directed Springfield's offense with 36 assists and Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) notched three aces. 

Facing a 10-8 deficit in the first set, Springfield surged ahead with a 11-1 run that was fueled by three aces from Kmetz.  The Pride coasted from there, taking the frame 25-15 following Helgesen's fourth kill as the Pride hit .353 in the set.

Springfield used another big run to break open the second as a 7-1 burst put the Pride ahead, 13-6 following a big swing from Donnelly. Donnelly was sensational the frame, hammering out seven kills on 15 errorless attempts as the Pride eased its way to a 25-17 win.

An 8-0 run early in the third set gave Springfield the breathing room it needed and a Helgesen kill put the Pride ahead 10-3.  FDU battled their way back within one at 18-17, but the Pride closed out the match on a 7-2 surge, with Kmetz putting a ball away for the 25-19 win.  Holt paced Springfield with five kills in the set, while Sanchez was very strong defensively with eight of her digs in the frame.

Springfield 3, Montclair State 2 (22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 15-10)

Helgesen registered a career-high 18 kills to pace the Springfield College offense as the Pride won its second five-set match in as many days against Montclair State on Saturday afternoon. Donnelly tallied 12 kills and 13 digs, while Holt recorded nine blocks and eight kills. Sanchez posted 28 digs, Mawdsley delivered 44 assists and 16 digs, and Kmetz chipped in 10 kills and three aces. 

Springfield fell behind 11-3 to start the match, but would claw its way back and ulitmatley tie the set at 16 following a kill from Kmetz.   The Red Hawks pushed their lead back to 21-17, only to have the Pride make one more push, taking advantage of three Montclair miscues to even things at 22.  However, Springfield's comeback fell short as it dropped the opener, 25-22, as it hit just .121, despite Sanchez totaling nine digs.

The Pride had a hot start of their own in the second set, racing out to an 11-2 cushion thanks to some tough serving from Jennifer Hurwitz (Longmeadow, Mass.). Springfield College never relinquished its lead and a kill from Helgesen wrapped up the 25-20 win. 

The third set featured seven ties and four lead changes, the last coming at 20-all.  Out of a Springfield timeout, Holt delivered back-to-back blocks before Kmetz ripped an ace.  Holt added another solo stuff for set point and the Pride took the frame, 25-21, as it limited Montclair State to a -.156 hitting percentage.

Springfield fell behind early again to start the fourth, digging itself a 7-2 hole.  The Red Hawks wouldn't let the Pride any closer than two points and forced a fifth set with a 25-20 win. 

In the fifth, Springfield racked up 10 kills at a .444 clip, with Helgesen leading the charge with five kills on six errorless attempts.  A kill from Jamie Schneck (Livingston, N.J.) forced Montclair into a timeout trailing 6-2, and a solo stuff from Holt pushed the Pride's advantage to 11-6.  The Pride would hold on from there for the 15-10 win for its 14th-straight victory.