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Carosotto Becomes Career Blocks Leader as No. 23 Women's Volleyball Upends Brandeis, Endicott

Carosotto Becomes Career Blocks Leader as No. 23 Women's Volleyball Upends Brandeis, Endicott

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) became the program's all-time blocks leader as 23rd-ranked Babson College defeated Brandeis University and Endicott College in non-conference women's volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.

The Beavers swept Brandeis in three sets (25-13, 25-16, 30-28) in their opener before taking the final two sets to fend off Endicott in four sets (25-17, 19-25, 29-27, 25-12).

Babson (19-1) has won eight consecutive matches and extended the longest home winning streak in Division III to 31 with Saturday's sweep.

Babson 3, Brandeis 0
First-year Jordan Lapins (Calgary, Alberta) tied for match-high honors with 10 kills, classmate Laura Zuloaga (Naples, Fla.) hit .562 and produced nine kills, and junior Gaby Miller (Miami, Fla.) added seven kills while hitting .538 in Babson's three-set victory over the Judges. First-year Kelsey Hoff (Newtown Square, Pa.) dished out a season-high 18 assists and junior Cassidy Witten (Honolulu, Hawaii) led all players with 16 digs and five service aces.

Senior Emma Bartlett (Duxbury, Mass.) hit .292 and put away 10 kills to lead Brandeis. Junior Marissa Borgert (Blaine, Minn.) finished with 17 assists and first-year Amelia Oppenheimer (The Woodlands, Texas) had nine digs in the loss.

Lapins had four kills and four aces, while Witten contributed three aces of her own as the Green and White rolled to an easy first-set win. The Beavers followed it up by hitting .379 while getting a combined 10 kills from Miller, Zuloaga and first-year Lauren MacDonald (Westwood, Mass.) in game two.

Babson built a 20-16 lead in the third set before the Judges rallied with five of the next six points, keyed by a pair of service aces from sophomore Maddie LaMont (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), to pull even at 21-21. Brandeis fought off three match points and the Beavers twice got kills from sophomore Jacyln Pell (Milton, Ga.) when faced with having to play a fourth set before MacDonald and junior Sabrina Lechner (Novato, Calif.) combined on a match-ending block with the hosts up 29-28.

Babson 3, Endicott 1
Junior Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) led all players with 13 kills, Carosotto added 11 kills and six blocks, and Lapins chipped in with 11 kills and seven digs in the Beavers' four-set victory. Zuloaga finished with nine kills and a season-high 12 digs, while senior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) contributed a season-high 47 assists to go along with 11 digs and five kills. Sophomore Samantha Hardan (Woodway, Wash.) led five players in doubles figures with 17 digs.

Sophomore Amanda Gilbert (Hopkinton, Mass.) recorded 11 kills and senior Remi Quesnelle (Sunderland, Mass.) added 10 kills to pace the Gulls. Senior Zoey Gifford (Natick, Mass.) finished with 38 assists and 21 digs, while classmate Mackenzie Kennedy (Andover, Mass.) led all players 28 digs in a losing effort.

The Green and White got five kills from Carosotto and four aces from Miller in the opening set, and scored eight of the final nine points in the frame to go in front 1-0. Endicott responded though, putting away 15 kills while holding Babson to a .095 hitting percentage in game two to even the match at a set apiece.

Game three featured 15 ties and seven lead changes with the Beavers coming from behind to win the frame. Puccio and Zuloaga combined for four of their 10 kills in the set to help Babson erase a 24-21 deficit, and Cameron gave the hosts a 27-26 with the second of her two kills in the game. Gilbert followed with a kill for Endicott, but Quesnelle made an attack error on the next point and Lapins put away a set from Cameron to complete the 29-27 victory.

The Beavers jumped out to an 11-5 lead in game four and pulled away with a 9-2 run that included seven points on Cameron's serve on the way to closing out the match. Babson hit .385 in the frame with 15 kills and no errors in 39 attack attempts.

The Beavers return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Wheaton for a 7 p.m. match.

MATCH NOTES
• Babson has won five straight matches against Brandeis to improve to 11-25 in the all-time series, and is now 10-9 all-time versus Endicott.
• Carosotto's first-set block against Brandeis pushed her past Krissy Robertson '16 previous mark of 279 career blocks.
• The Beavers have won 27 consecutive home matches against non-confrence opponents, a streak that dates back to 2015.
• Babson has won 53 consecutive matches when hitting at least .200.

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