BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Wellesley College volleyball team continued to roll through the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletics Conference (NEWMAC) on Tuesday night, as the visiting Blue defeated host Babson College, 3-0 (25-9, 25-15, 25-19), in Staake Gymnasium. With the win, Wellesley improved to 15-5 overall and 6-1 in the conference, while the Beavers dipped to 8-14 overall and 1-6 in the NEWMAC.
Wellesley was led by sophomore Isabel Custodio (Powell, Ohio), who recorded eight kills and 17 assists, and first-year Kellyn O’Bradey (Garden City, MIch.), who added nine kills. First-year Traci Hamanaka (Burbank, Calif.) chipped in with a team-high 20 digs, senior Victoria Peng (Diamond Bar, Calif.) matched Custodio with 17 assists, and sophomore Elizabeth Campbell contributed seven kills.
Babson was led by sophomore Kathleen Lynch (Quincy,
Mass.), who recorded 16 assists and 10 digs, and junior
Nina Milovanovic (Belgrade, Serbia), who posted
seven kills and nine digs. First-year libero Jessica
Millman (Lincoln, R.I.) tallied a team-high 11 digs for
the Beavers, while senior captain Katy Alea (Southborough,
Mass.) contributed nine digs.
Wellesley dominated the opening set, starting off with an 11-0 run en route to a 25-9 victory. Babson then grabbed an early 5-4 lead on a Milovanovic kill in set two, but the Blue responded with a 7-0 burst before running away with a 25-15 win. The final set was a much closer affair, with Wellesley pulling away late for a match-clinching 25-19 victory.
Prior to Tuesday’s contest, there was a brief ceremony in honor of Babson’s two seniors who were playing their final regular season home match. During their careers, Alea and fellow senior Laura Duston (Nashua, N.H.) helped lead the Beavers to a total of 48 victories, including 16 wins in 2008, when Babson posted its best conference finish in 15 years and earned the program’s first-ever ECAC Tournament bid.