Cambridge, Mass. - September 8, 2018 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team swept both Endicott and Lasell on Saturday afternoon at the MIT Invitational to wrap up the weekend with a perfect 3-0 record.
The wins boosted Springfield's record to 7-0 and set up a showdown at home with No. 17 MIT on Tuesday at 6 pm in both squads New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener.
Springfield was one of four teams to go 3-0 in the MIT Invitational, but was able to claim the title based on point differential. Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) was named the Invitational's MVP, while classmate Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) was an All-Tournament Team selection.
Springfield 3, Endicott 0 (25-0, 25-23, 25-15)
It was an unusual start to the day for the Pride as Endicott was forced to forfeit the first set after arriving late to the match. In just two sets played against the Gulls, Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) totaled seven kills, seven digs, and three blocks, while Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) was credited with seven kills and four blocks in the middle. Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) totaled 20 assists as the Pride hit at a .242 clip, and Briana Tovar (Tucson, Ariz.) led all players with 11 digs. Springfield's defense held Endicott to a -.039 hitting percentage, thanks to seven team blocks.
After going down 6-2 in the second set, Springfield found its rhythm and snagged a 13-10 advantage following a huge stuff from Bancroft and Ashley Tanner (Manorville, N.Y.). Even at 15, Springfield would use a 4-0 burst, highlighted by a solo stuff from Bancroft, to open up a 19-15 lead, only to have the Gulls pull within 24-23. However, a service error on the ensuing point gave the Pride the win.
Donnelly ripped consecutive kills early in the third to allow the Pride to take a 6-2 lead, a cushion that would later grow to 17-10 when Bridget Walsh (Garrison, N.Y.) and Katie vonKampen (South Setauket, N.Y.) combined for a block. Endicott would pull within 19-15, but the Pride rattled off the final six points of the match to seal the sweep, with Bancroft and Donnelly producing a stuff block for the victory.
Springfield 3, Lasell 0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-19)
In a three-set win over Lasell, Donnelly continued to be tremendous on the pin as she totaled 12 kills at a .407 clip to go along with six digs, two aces, and two digs. Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) delivered eight kills on 11 errorless attempts, Labadorf registered 29 assists, and Hannah Lozano (Stockton, Calif.) chipped in 11 digs. Springfield had 12 aces in the match, including three from Kmetz, Labadorf, and Tanner.
The Pride got off to a great start, storming out to a 5-1 lead in the first set, before the Lasers climbed within 16-15. Springfield responded with five-consecutive points, with Donnelly totaling two aces and a kill in the burst. Lasell would get as close as 23-21, but kills from Bancroft and Donnelly wrapped up the first set.
Springfield surged out to a 13-3 lead in the second set and never looked back as it totaled 13 kills at a .321 hitting percentage as team, while limiting Lasell to a -.074 clip.
Tied at 16-all in the third, a pair of Labadorf aces fueled a 4-0 run to give Springfield a 20-16 edge and the momentum it would need to close things out. The Lasers sixth service error concluded the final set at 25-19 as Springfield picked up its seventh-straight victory.