Beavers Pull into Three-Way Tie Atop NEWMAC Standings with Victory
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Shannon Roseen (Malden, Mass.) led all players with 12 kills and junior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) dished out 28 assists to go with a career-high 20 digs as Babson College swept visiting Springfield College, 25-17, 25-21, 25-20, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's volleyball action on Tuesday night at Staake Gymnasium.
With its sixth consecutive win, Babson is now 17-5 overall and tied for first place in the NEWMAC along with Springfield (19-3) and MIT at 7-1.
Sophomore Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) finished with 10 kills, while junior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) had nine kills, six digs and four blocks for the Beavers. Cameron added seven kills and two service aces, while senior Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) and sophomore Cassidy Witten (Honolulu, Hawaii) chipped in with 15 and 14 digs, respectively, in the victory.
Sophomore Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) had eight kills and first-year Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.) added to lead the Pride, which got 16 assists from first-year Mackenzie Nunes (The Woodlands, Texas). Senior Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) led all players with 21 digs, while first-year Briana Tovar (Tucson, Ariz.) and senior Hannah Lozano (Stockton, Calif.) added 16 and 14 digs, respectively, in the loss.
The Green and White came out flying and used three early kills apiece from Roseen and Carosotto to build a 16-4 advantage in the opening stanza. Springfield trimmed its deficit to six on three occasions, the last coming at 23-17, but made back-to-back errors to end the first set.
Carosotto contributed three blocks and Roseen added a pair of kills to help the Beavers jump out to a 14-6 lead in game two. The Pride responded with a 10-4 run to pull within two only to see Puccio, Carosotto and Roseen each register a kill to extend the margin back to 22-18. Springfield answered with two straight points but Roseen sandwiched two more kills around an error by the visitors to give Babson a two-set advantage.
Both teams traded runs early in game three before Roseen and sophomore Sabrina Lechner (Novato, Calif.) combined for three straight kills to put the Green and White in front for good at 15-12. The Pride cut its deficit to 21-19, but Puccio responded with a kill and Carosotto followed two Springfield errors with her final kill of the night at match point to close out the win.
The Beavers finished with a season-high 77 digs and limited the Pride to its lowest hitting percentage (.051) of the season.
Both teams return to action on Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson hosts Middlebury, while Springfield visits Tufts to begin the New England Challenge.
• The Beavers are 5-17 all-time against Springfield and have won five of the last seven matches between the programs.
• Babson has won 11 straight matches at home and 30 of its last 31 overall inside Staake Gymnasium.
• The Green and White has now won at least seven conference matches in six consecutive years.
• With 15 digs on Tuesday, Beecher moved into fourth place on the program's all-time list with 1,173 for her career.