Women's Volleyball

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No. 17 Women's Volleyball Sweeps UMass Dartmouth, 3-0

No. 17 Women's Volleyball Sweeps UMass Dartmouth, 3-0

BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Jordan Lapins (Calgary, Alberta) paced a balanced attack with 10 kills and sophomore Maddie Malee (Orlando, Fla.) led all players with 13 digs to help 17th-ranked Babson College record a three-set (25-16, 25-18, 25-16) win over visiting UMass Dartmouth in non-conference women's volleyball action on Wednesday night inside Staake Gymasium.

Babson, which extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 26 matches, is now 12-1 on the year, while UMass Dartmouth slips to 3-7 overall.

Junior Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) tallied eight kills and classmate Sabrina Lechner (Novato, Calif.) added seven kills and two blocks for the Beavers, who hit .273 as a team. Senior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and first-year Kelsey Hoff (Newtown Square, Pa.) both dished out 10 assists, while senior Erica Schwegman (Birmingham, Mich.) recorded eight digs in the victory.

Senior Nicole Silverman (Chelmsford, Mass.) registered seven kills, junior Riley Thomas (Fairhaven, Mass.) handed out 10 assists, and senior Jillian Sykora (Waterford, Conn.) contributed nine digs to lead the Corsairs.

The Green and White trailed 12-11 in game one before getting kills from Lapins and Puccio and a block by Lechner and Cameron as part of a five-point run that put them in front for good. Lapins and Puccio combined for 10 kills in the game and the Beavers hit .407 as a team to build a one-set advantage.

UMass Dartmouth hung tough in game two and took its first lead at 18-16 behind kills from Silverman and sophomore Mallory Singer (Succasunna, N.J.) and a block by classmate Emma Aillet (Deer Park, Texas). Babson responded though, getting four late kills from Puccio and ripping off nine straight points to close out the frame for a 2-0 edge in the match.

The Beavers trailed by as many as three early in the third, but quickly erased the deficit with an 9-1 spurt that was keyed by service aces from both senior Emily Woodward (Deerfield, Mass.) and junior Cassidy Witten (Honolulu, Hawaii) to pushed the lead to 16-11. The Corsairs got as close as four at 19-15 before the hosts scored six of the final seven points of the match.

Both teams return to action at 12 p.m. on Saturday as Babson travels to Smith for a tri-match against the Pioneers and Keene State, while UMass Dartmouth travels to Plymouth State for contests against the Panthers and Husson.

MATCH NOTES
• The Beavers are 9-11 all-time against UMass Dartmouth and have five of the last six matches in the series since 2012.
• With eight kills on Wednesday, Puccio has 906 for her career and moved past Lorraine Mackieiwcz '17 for fourth place on the program's all-time list.
• In addition to its 26-match home winning streak, Babson has also won 24 consecutive non-conference matches inside Staake Gymnasium, a streak that dates back to 2015.
• With 10 service aces in Wednesday's win the Beavers have now recorded double-digit aces in seven of 13 matches this fall.

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