CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Babson College women's volleyball team split a pair of four-set matches on day two of the MIT Invitational on Saturday at Rockwell Cage. The Beavers suffered a 3-1 loss (14-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-19) to SUNY Geneseo in their opening match before responding with a 27-25, 25-14, 20-25, 27-25 victory over Roger Williams University to conclude the weekend.
With the split, Babson is now 5-2 on the year. Roger Williams is 6-2 overall and Geneseo is 3-4.
Babson vs. Geneseo
First-year Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) recorded 13 kills and hit .263, while sophomore Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) contributed 38 assists, 15 digs and six kills to lead the Beavers. Classmate Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) added nine kills and junior Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) registered a team-high 16 digs.
Sophomore Grace Cergol (East Northport, N.Y.) hit .370 and finished with 23 kills and 17 digs for the Knights. Junior Emily Ast (Lancaster, N.Y.) dished out 40 assists and also chipped in with 13 digs in the victory.
The Green and White hit .371 as a team and used 16 kills to breeze to an easy first-set win. Geneseo dominated the next two frames though, hitting .349 and building early leads in both games to move in front 2-1.
The Beavers led by as many as three early in the fourth set and held a slim 13-12 advantage before the Knights ripped off a seven-point run that included a pair of kills by Cergol to seize control of the game. Babson closed to within two at 20-18 on a kill by first-year Gaby Miller (Miami, Fla.), but Geneseo followed with five of the next six points to close out the match.
Babson vs. Roger Williams
Puccio and junior Shannon Roseen (Malden, Mass.) each recorded a career-best 14 kills and Miller added career highs of 12 kills and 15 digs as the Beavers took the first two sets on their way to a 3-1 win. Cameron contributed 42 assists, a career-high 15 digs and six kills, while Beecher finished with a team-high 17 digs.
Sophomore Grace Kenningham (Houston, Texas) had 13 kills and 15 digs, while classmate Julia Fields (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) handed out 36 assists and registered 15 digs for the Hawks.
The Green and White emerged from a first set that featured seven ties and three lead changes with a 27-25 victory. Roger Williams took its biggest lead at 19-14, only to see Babson respond with six straight points to go in front 20-19. Cameron came through with back-to-back kills to make it 26-25, and the Beavers closed out the frame on a Hawks' attack error.
Babson was tremendous in the second set recording 16 kills and hitting .371 while limiting Roger Williams to just three kills in 24 attempts. There were 12 ties and five lead changes in the third set before the Hawks built a 21-17 lead. The Green and White scored three straight points to get within one, but Roger Williams responded with four of the next five points to win the frame.
Despite leading for much of the fourth set, the Beavers had to rally from a 22-19 deficit to close out the match. Kills by Puccio, Roseen and junior Gizem Yilmaz (Istanbul, Turkey) tied the game, and another from Miller put Babson in front 24-23. The Hawks scored back-to-back points to retake the lead, but the Green and White used a kill by Carosotto and consecutive service aces from Miller to score the final three points.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts WPI at 7 p.m. in its NEWMAC opener.
• The Beavers are 0-1 all-time against Geneseo and 8-9 all-time against Roger Williams, which includes victories in three of the last four matches.
• Babson recorded season highs in kills (55), digs (76) and service aces (16) in the win over Roger Williams.
• Cameron, who is averaging 9.68 assists per set, became just the fifth player in school history to surpass 1,000 career assists in the loss to Geneseo.
• Prior to Saturday's loss to Geneseo, the Beavers had won 67 of their last 71 matches when taking the first set.