WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—The Babson College women's volleyball team wrapped up play at the New England Challenge with a pair of three-set losses to Tufts University and Williams College. The Beavers were beaten 25-17, 25-12, 25-12 by the Jumbos and suffered a 25-17, 25-12, 25-14 setback to the host Ephs at Chandler Gymnasium.
Babson, which is fourth in the NCAA regional rankings, is now 17-7, Tufts improves to 18-5 and Williams is 10-11 on the year.
Babson vs. Tufts
Sophomore Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) and first-year Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) each finished with five kills, while sophomore Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) dished out 18 assists to go along with five digs. Junior Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) led the Green and White with nine digs in the loss.
Sophomore Christina Nwankpa (Round Rock, Texas) had nine kills, classmate Maddie Stewart (Menlo Park, Calif.) finished with eight kills and four blocks, and junior Mackenzie Bright (Duxbury, Mass.) and first-year Sophia Acker (La Jolla, Calif.) tallied seven kills apiece for Tufts, which hit .371 as a team.
The Jumbos registered 18 kills to take the first set and jumped out to a 10-0 lead on their way to grabbing a commanding 2-0 lead. The Beavers never led in the third set, but closed to within 9-7 on a kill by Puccio before Tufts, which was sixth in the initial NCAA regional rankings, closed out the match with a 16-5 run.
Babson vs. Williams
Carosotto led Babson with eight kills and first-year Gaby Miller (Miami, Fla.) added five kills and six digs. Cameron finished with 20 assists, nine digs and four kills, while Puccio recorded a team-high 12 digs.
Junior Mia Weinland (Tokyo, Japan) led all players with 13 kills, classmate Ally Ostrow (Menlo Park, Calif.) finished with eight kills and 11 digs, and sophomore Alex Newton (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) dished out 32 assists for Williams. The hosts also got a match-high 27 digs from sophomore Daiana Takashima (Walnut Creek, Calif.).
The Green and White never led in the opening set but pulled even at 10 on a service error before the Ephs responded with six of the next seven points. The Beavers closed their deficit to 16-14 on a kill by Puccio, but Williams rattled off six consecutive points to pull away.
The Ephs never trailed in the second set and hit .324 while recording 14 kills in the third set to finish off the sweep.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Wellesley at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 1-2 against both Tufts and Williams over the last three years at the New England Challenge.
• Babson's three-match losing streak is its first since late October of 2014.
• Despite losses over the weekend to Middlebury and the Jumbos, the Beavers are 5-3 this season against regionally-ranked opponents.