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Match Preview: No. 22 Women's Volleyball at Springfield

Match Preview: No. 22 Women's Volleyball at Springfield

No. 22 Women's Volleyball at Springfield
Tuesday, October 22 | 7 p.m.
Blake Arena | Springfield, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 6-17 all-time against the Pride in a series that dates back to 1998.
• All six victories for the Beavers have come in the last eight matches between the teams.
• Babson has won three of its last four visits to Blake Arena, which includes five-set triumphs in both 2014 and 2017 along with last year's NEWMAC Tournament final victory.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Allie Puccio led all players with 16 kills and Shannon Roseen '19 added 14 kills to help Babson defeat the Pride in four sets (25-18, 29-27, 20-25, 25-21) in the NEWMAC Tournament final on November 3, 2018, in Springfield.
• Senior Elizabeth Cameron contributed 40 assists, 18 digs, seven kills and three blocks, while classmate Kristin Carosotto chipped in with seven kills and eight blocks for the Beavers.
• Three different players recorded 10 kills for Springfield, which got 45 assists and three blocks from sophomore Sara Labadorf.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Springfield (16-9, 3-4 NEWMAC) has dropped its last three matches after suffering a five-set loss to Williams on Saturday.
• Sophomore Demi Spanos led four players in double figures with 18 kills and classmate Mackenzie Nunes finished with 50 assists and 18 digs for the Pride, which matched its season high with 62 kills.
• Junior Camryn Bancroft (3.48 k/s) is tied for first in Division III with a .444 hitting percentage, Spanos is averaging 2.66 kills and 2.28 digs per set, and senior Bridget Walsh is contributing 1.93 kills per set.
• Labadorf ranks fourth in the league in assists (8.74), while senior Anagabrielle Sanchez is second in the NEWMAC in digs per set (4.68).

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 22 Babson (23-1, 6-1 NEWMAC) extended its winning streak to 12 with a 3-0 victory over Middlebury in the second of two matches on Saturday.
• First-year Jordan Lapins recorded 14 kills and Cameron finished with 43 assists, 12 digs and three blocks for the Beavers, who hit .303 as a team in the win.
• Puccio ranks fourth in the league in kills per set (3.65), Lapins is averaging 2.53 kills, and first-year Laura Zuloaga (2.32 k/s) is tied for first in Division III with a .444 hitting percentage.
• Cameron ranks third in the NEWMAC in assists (9.70), while sophomore Maddie Malee leads the team with a 3.40 digs per set average.

NEWMAC HONORS FOR CAMERON
• Cameron was tabbed as the league's offensive player of the week for the second time this season after averaging 10.87 assists, 3.07 digs, 0.93 kills and 0.60 blocks in four victories for the Beavers.

WEEKEND OF MILESTONES
• Ninth-year head coach Eric Neely picked up the 200th win of his career in Babson's five-set victory over 13th-ranked and previously unbeaten Tufts on Saturday.
• Puccio became the just the third player in school history to surpass 1,000 career kills in Friday's three-set sweep of Williams.

POSTSEASON PUSH
• Babson enters the final two weeks of the regular season tied for second place in the NEWMAC standings along with MIT. Both teams are chasing unbeaten Wellesley, which finishes the season with matches against the Beavers and Engineers.
• The Green and White likely needs to win all three of its conference matches to earn a share of the conference title as well as the top seed in November's NEWMAC Tournament.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are averaging 13.29 kills per set while hitting .275 as a team during their current 12-match winning streak.

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