Babson Park, Mass. - October 31, 2017 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team had their season come to a close on Tuesday night as it was defeated by Babson College in four sets in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship. The Beavers won by the scores of 25-9, 25-15, 24-26, 25-14.
The loss gave seventh-seeded Springfield a final record of 15-13 for the year, while second-seeded Babson improved to 20-8 on the year and will advance to the conference semifinals on Saturday.
In her final collegiate contest, Kayleigh Helgesen (Oceanside, Calif.) totaled a team-best 10 kills, while Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) totaled 18 digs. Hannah Lozano (Stockton, Calif.) registered 11 digs, Kait Bonsignore (St. Louis, Mo.) led all players with six blocks, and Kayley Cimino (Cumberland, Maine) chipped in 18 assists, seven digs, and four kills. The Pride was held to a .087 hitting percentage as the hosts held a 58-33 edge in kills and an 11-2 cushion in service aces.
First-year Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) produced 16 kills on the pin for the hosts and classmate Gaby Miller (Miami, Fla.) added 11 kills to push Babson to the win. Sophomore Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) had 10 kills and nine digs, classmate Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) finished with seven kills, six digs, three blocks and a match-high 46 assists for the Beavers, while Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) led all players with 24 digs.
Puccio, Cameron and Carosotto all had three kills apiece in the first as the Green and White hit .481 as a team to run away with the opening set victory. The Beavers used a 6-1 spark in the early goings of the second-set to open up a 12-6 edge, and finished the frame with 15 kills, including four each by Puccio and Miller, while hitting at a .382 clip to build a two-set advantage.
Babson led by as many as six in the third before Springfield rallied with a 16-5 run to build a 22-17 advantage. The hosts responded by scoring seven of the next nine points to pull even at 24-all, but Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) put away her fourth kill of the frame and the Pride took advantage of the Beavers 13th attack error of the frame en route to the 26-24 win. Bonsignore was huge at the net in the frame, racking up five blocks and limiting Babson to a .036 hitting percentage.
However, Babson regained control of the match by opening the fourth set with a 12-4 surge. Puccio tallied seven of the Beavers' 14 fourth-set kills and the team hit .412 to complete the four-set win.