Beavers Equal Best 19-Match Start in Program History at 16-3
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College equaled the program's best 19-match start in program history with a pair of four-set wins over Plymouth State University and Endicott College in non-conference women's volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium. The Beavers edged the Panthers, 25-22, 24-26, 25-14, 25-17, in the opening match of the day, and then defeated the Gulls, 25-23, 18-25, 25-13, 25-23, to complete the sweep.
Babson, which is now 8-1 this at home, improved to 16-3 overall to match the 1993 squad for the most victories over the first 19 contests of the year. Plymouth State (14-7) rallied for a five-set victory over Endicott (11-8) in the other match on Saturday.
Babson vs. Plymouth State
Junior Gizem Yilmaz (Istanbul, Turkey), sophomore Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) and first-year Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) combined for 31 kills while hitting .381 to help the Green and White post a four-set victory over the Panthers. Puccio led all players with 13 kills, Carosotto tied for match-high honors with four blocks and sophomore Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) dished out 38 assists in the win. First-year Gaby Miller (Miami, Fla.) also produced a career-high eight service aces for the Beavers.
First-year Francie Shaffer (Frederick, Colo.) hit .286 and led the Panthers with nine kills. Senior Claire Sporer (Medford, Ore.) had seven kills and junior Ari Linden (Lena, Ill.) recorded five kills and four blocks. Senior Brenna Peruch (Caves Creek, Ariz.) led all players with 14 digs.
Plymouth State led by as many as five and were up 22-19 in the opening set before the Green and White ripped off six straight points to steal the frame. The Beavers also erased a four-point deficit to pull even at 21 in game two, but the Panthers responded with kills from Shaffer and junior Jill Tiner (Salem, N.H.), and took advantage of two late errors by the hosts to tie the match at a set apiece.
Babson recorded 13 kills while hitting .379 in an easy third-set triumph. The Beavers jumped out to a quick lead in the fourth and hit .345 as the quartet of Carosotto, Puccio, Yilmaz and junior Catherine Hunter (Duxbury, Mass.) combined for 11 kills to help the hosts close out the match.
Babson vs. Endicott
Yilmaz hammered 10 kills, first-year Gaby Miller (Miami, Fla.) added 10 kills and Carosotto contributed seven kills and a match-high six blocks to help Babson hold off Endicott. Sophomore Emily Woodward (Deerfield, Mass.) came off the bench to dish out a career-high 27 assists, while Puccio chipped in with a career-best 12 digs in the victory.
Junior Emma Mancini (Lynnfield, Mass.) led all players with 15 kills, while sophomore Alex Dippel (Fallston, Md.) added 10 kills for the Gulls. Classmate Zoey Gifford (Natick, Mass.) doled out a match-high 34 assists and senior Cydney Pierce (Carpinteria, Calif.) finished with 17 digs.
The opening set featured 11 ties and six lead changes before the Green and White erased a 23-21 deficit with four straight points to close out the frame. Yilmaz had one of her five kills and a service ace during the decisive run.
Endicott never trailed in the second frame and used a late 7-2 run that included a pair of kills from Mancini to even the match at a set apiece. The Beavers responded in the third though, building an early 10-3 lead and getting four kills from Miller to go back in front.
Neither team led by more than three in a tight fourth set that had 16 ties and seven lead changes. The Gulls took their final lead at 22-21 on back-to-back kills by Mancini, but the Green and White took advantage of four late errors by Endicott to secure the sweep.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it visits Wheaton at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 8-9 all-time against Endicott and 3-0 against Plymouth State.
• With Saturday's sweep, Babson is now 28-1 at home against non-conference opponents going back to 2011.
• The Green and White, which is ranked fourth in the NEWVA regional poll, is 7-1 this season against regionally-ranked opponents after beating Endicott, which is currently 10th in the poll.
• Babson is 5-2 this season in four-set matches.