Lewiston, Maine - September 28, 2019 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team put together a pair of strong showings to earn non-conference wins over Colby and Bates on Saturday afternoon in Alumni Gymnasium.
The two victories bring Springfield's record to 12-4 on the season.
Springfield will return home for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest against Coast Guard slated for 7 pm.
Springfield 3, Colby 0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-12)
In the straight-set win over Colby, the Pride hit at a .315 clip as a team as Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) totaled 22 assists. Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.) led all players with 10 kills to go along 10 digs, while Camryn Bancroft (East Northport, N.Y.) was dominate in the middle, totaling nine kills on 11 errorless attempts and chipping in four blocks. Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) registered 17 digs in keying a Pride defense that held the Mules to a .010 team hitting percentage.
Leading 11-10 in the first set, Springfield put together a 6-1 burst fueled by a pair of aces from Spanos to gain a 17-11 edge. Katie vonKampen (South Setauket, N.Y.) sealed the 25-15 win with a solo block to cap off a frame where the Pride hit .370 as a team.
A kill from Labadorf gave Springfield a 14-7 cushion in the second set, and Bancroft buried her fifth kill of the set to conclude a 25-16 win.
In the third, Springfield stormed out to a 16-2 lead after an ace from Mackenzie Nunes (The Woodlands, Texas) and coasted to the 25-19 win behind a .308 team hitting percentage.
Springfield 3, Bates 1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19)
Against Bates, Bancroft again put together a tremendous offensive showing, producing 16 kills and three blocks while hitting .412. Spanos added 15 kills and 15 digs, and Labadorf tallied 41 assists and 15 digs of her own. Sanchez notched 33 digs, the highest total of her collegiate career, and the duo of Bridget Walsh (Garrison, N.Y.) and vonKampen combined for 17 kills on 40 errorless attempts.
Springfield had 14 kills on 39 errorless attempts in the first set, hitting .359 as a unit en route to the 25-22 win. Even at 19, the Pride used kills from Spanos and vonKampen to get the breathing room it would need, and Walsh buried a kill to seal the set.
Bates jumped out to a 13-9 cushion in the second set, a frame in which Springfield hit .250 as a team. Bancroft was able to tie the set at 16, only to have the Bobcats score four-straight points to kickstart a late push that resulted in a 25-20 win.
The Pride put away 17 kills in the third set and needed a late surge to win the stanza. Facing a 20-16 deficit, Springfield closed out the frame on a 9-2 run as Bancroft converted for four kills and added a block to lead the way in a 25-22 win.
In the fourth and final set, Springfield erupted for 18 kills and put together an 11-3 push midway through the set to gain a 21-14 cushion following a block from Walsh and Spanos. Labadorf wrapped up the day with the kill on a 25-19 win to give the Pride its 12th win of the season.
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