Beverly, Mass. - September 8, 2017 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team rebounded from an opening set loss to defeat Endicott College, 3-1 on Friday night in the MIT Invitational at MacDonald Gymnasium. In a rematch of last year's NCAA Division III Championship First Round, Springfield won by the set scores of 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-13.
Junior outside Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) led the Pride with a 19 kill, 21 dig effort. Her 19 kills were a match-high while her 21 digs were two shy of the match-high mark of 23 set by libero Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caugas, Puerto Rico). Setters Kayley Cimino (Cumberland, Maine) and Daniela Detore (Lake Grove, N.Y.) finished with 25 and 24 assists, respectively, while both chipped in six digs, and Hannah Andres (West Barnstable, Mass.) produced 10 kills on 24 error-free attempts. Hannah Lozano (Stockton, Calif.) totaled 13 digs and three aces and Laura Townsend (Willington, Conn.) delivered a match-high five blocks.
Despite jumping out to a 16-12 lead in the opening frame, Springfield fell victim to a 10-3 Endicott burst as the Gulls rallied for a 25-23 victory. The hosts carried that momentum into the second set, seizing a 7-1 edge as the Pride burned a timeout. Out of the break, Springfield scored 14 of the next 20 points to earn a 15-13 edge before eventually taking a 25-18 victory.
A block from Townsend and Andres gave Springfield an early 6-2 lead in the third, and the cushion would would later grow to 18-11. Springfield would later take a 2-1 lead in the match when Kelsie Dwyer (Quincy, Mass.) hammered the Pride's 15th kill of the stanza. In the fourth, Springfield put together its most efficient offensive showing, hitting .314. Clinging to an 11-9 lead, Springfield broke open the match with a 9-1 run, highlighted by three kills from Donnelly and a pair of Detore aces, as the visitors cruised to a 25-13 win.
Springfield will conclude the MIT Invitational on Saturday when it faces 15th-ranked La Verne at 12 pm before taking on SUNY Geneseo at 2 pm.