Springfield, Mass. - September 20, 2019 - Playing at home for the first time since August 31, the Springfield College women's volleyball team cruised to a straight-set win over visiting St. Lawrence on Friday night in Blake Arena. The Pride won by the scores of 25-16, 26-15, 25-19.
The win boosted the Pride's record to 9-3, while the Saints lost for just the second time this season to fall to 10-2.
As a team, Springfield hit at a .272 clip, with Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) totaling a match-best 11 kills on a .364 hitting percentage. Katie vonKampen (South Setauket, N.Y.) totaled nine kills on 14 errorless attempts and Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.) chipped in 12 digs and nine kills. Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) registered 33 assists, 10 digs, and four aces, and Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) recorded a match-high 17 digs.
Leading 9-8 in the first, Springfield put together a 5-1 burst highlighted by an overpass kill from Bancroft to force the visitors into a timeout at 14-9. The Pride's advantage would grow to 18-9 on one of Briana Tovar's (Tucson, Ariz.) four aces on the night, only to have the Saints benefit from three-straight Springfield attack errors to pull within 18-14. Springfield closed out the stanza on a 7-2 push, with three-consecutive kills from vonKampen wrapping up the 25-16 win. The Saints were held to just five kills at a .000 percentage in the opening set.
Behind tremendous serving from Tovar, Springfield jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second as the Saints burned an early timeout. The lead ballooned to 20-8 when Bancroft put away a kill on a slide, but out of a timeout, the Saints would get as close as eight before vonKampen ended another 25-16 win with her sixth kill of the night. Springfield managed to put away 14 kills hitting .355 in the frame, with Spanos producing five kills.
Springfield had another terrific start in the third, seizing an early 10-1 advantage. Despite trailing by as much as 11 points in the frame, St. Lawrence battled their way back into the frame at 20-18 following their second ace of the night. Spanos converted for a kill out of a timeout, and Labadorf ripped a pair of aces to help fuel a 5-1 surge to close out the 25-19 win.
Springfield will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday when it hosts WPI at 1 pm.
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