NEW YORK—The Babson College women's volleyball team opened the 2014 season at the NYU Invitational on Friday afternoon, dropping four-set matches to Union College and the host Violets at the Coles Sports Center.
Babson (0-2) fell to Union 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23 in the opener and then lost the final two sets in a 27-25, 20-25, 25-14, 25-15 defeat to NYU (2-0).
In the season opener against the Dutchwomen, junior Mary Donahue (Braintree, Mass.) and sophomores Lorraine Mackiewicz (Edison, N.J.) and Brittany Goldschmidt (Delray Beach, Fla.) all had nine kills apiece, while junior Krissy Robertson (Dedham, Mass.) contributed a team-high 18 assists and 18 digs to pace the Beavers. Senior Kseniya Pulido (Upland, Calif.) led the Green and White with 22 digs, but it wasn't enough as Union won the final two sets by a combined five points after the teams split the first two games.
After never leading in game one of the opening match, Babson never trailed the Dutchwomen in game two, pulling away late by scoring seven of the final 10 points to even the match at a set apiece. Union led wire-to-wire in game three, holding the Beavers off after they got to within a point twice late in the frame, and then rallied from a 23-22 deficit by scoring the final three points to close out the match in game four.
In its second match of the day, the Green and White jumped on top of the Violets by scoring seven of the first eight points in the opening set and led 19-14 before NYU, which is receiving votes in the AVCA coaches poll, rallied to grab a 21-19 lead with a seven-point run. Junior Alicia Wilde (Franklin, Mass.) tied the game at 25 with one of her team-high 13 kills, but the hosts scored back-to-back points to steal game one.
Babson evened the match at a set apiece with a 25-20 victory in the second set. With the game tied at 4-4, the Beavers received a pair of kills from Goldschmidt and took advantage of three straight Violets' errors to build a 10-4 lead. Wilde had five kills in the set and Donahue contributed four as NYU never got closer than three points late in the set.
The Violets took control of the match by pulling away for an easy win in game three and then used a 13-2 run early in game four to seal the victory.
Sophomore Jenny Karnes (Houston, Texas) had nine kills and hit .600 in the loss, while Donahue finished with eight kills. Junior Angela Price (Medway, Mass.) had a team-high 20 assists and Pulido contributed a match-high 20 digs.
Babson will take on St. John Fisher College at 9:30 a.m. and then will face either Rowan College, Hunter College or Centre College in its final match of the weekend at 1:30 p.m.