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Match Preview: Women's Volleyball at Springfield

Match Preview: Women's Volleyball at Springfield

Women's Volleyball at Springfield
Tuesday, October 17—7 p.m.
Blake Arena—Springfield, Mass.

Babson and Springfield will meet for the 20th time on Tuesday night in a series that dates back to 1998. The Beavers are 2-17 all-time against the Pride with the teams having split their last four matches.

Junior Hayley Kmetz led all players with 13 kills as the Pride defeated Babson in three sets, 25-21, 25-20, 25-20, on September 20, 2016, in Springfield. Lauren Holt added eight kills and four blocks for Springfield, which hit .247. Jenny Karnes '17 finished with nine kills and junior Gizem Yilmaz added six kills and a match-high five blocks for the Beavers.

Krissy Robertson '16 dished out a career-high 37 assists to go along with 13 digs, five blocks and four kills as the Beavers edged the Pride, 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 25-16, 13-25, 15-9), on September 23, 2014, in Springfield. Mary Donahue '16 finished with a match-high 16 kills for the Beavers, while Francesca Mack led Springfield with 14 kills in defeat.

Springfield (14-7, 4-3 NEWMAC), which seventh in the NEWVA regional poll, is looking to bounce back from a 3-2 loss at RIT in the second of two matches on Saturday. Junior Jen Donnelly had 13 kills and 10 digs and first-year Kayley Cimino added 10 kills, 32 assists, eight digs and six blocks for the Pride, which hit just .083 over the final three sets. Donnelly is averaging 3.65 kills and 3.33 digs per set, while Kmetz is hitting at a .222 clip and contributing 2.16 kills per frame. Cimino is dishing out 7.05 assists and sophomore Anagabrielle Sanchez leads the NEWMAC in digs per set (5.32).

Babson (16-4, 5-2 NEWMAC), which is ranked fourth in the region, has been idle since suffering a 3-1 loss at Wheaton last Tuesday. First-year Allie Puccio had nine kills, sophomore Emily Woodward dished out a career-high 28 assists and junior Abby Beecher had 20 digs for the Beavers, who made 14 reception errors on the night. Puccio is hitting .247 and averaging 2.94 kills per set, junior Shannon Roseen leads the team in hitting percentage (.261) and is second in kills per set (2.74.), and sophomore Kristin Carosotto is contributing 2.14 kills and 0.70 blocks per set. Sophomore Elizabeth Cameron ranks second in the conference in assists (9.30), while Beecher leads the Green and White in both total digs (273) and digs per set (3.90).

Despite last week's loss at Wheaton, the Beavers are one of three teams that have locked up a NEWMAC Tournament berth along with league unbeatens Wellesley and MIT. The Green and White, which has finished no lower than third over the last four seasons, enters Tuesday's match a game in front of Springfield and Wheaton in the conference standings.

Beginning with Tuesday's contest against the Pride, Babson will take on four regionally-ranked foes in its next five matches. The Beavers are 6-1 this season against New England's top teams.

The Green and White ranks 24th in Division III in opponents' hitting percentage (.100), 31st in service aces per set (2.74) and 41st in hitting percentage (.225).

The Beavers are 14-0 this season and have won 38 of their last 39 matches when hitting .200 or better.