WORCESTER, Mass.—The Babson College women's volleyball team split a pair of matches inside the Kneller Center at Clark University on Saturday. The Beavers defeated the host Cougars in four sets, 25-17, 25-19, 14-25, 25-15, before suffering a 25-19, 25-21, 25-16 loss to fifth-ranked Johnson & Wales University.
Babson, which had won five straight before falling to the Wildcats, is now 6-4 overall and 2-0 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. Clark is 4-5 overall and 0-2 in league play, while Johnson & Wales improved to 8-1 overall with two wins on the day.
Babson 3, Clark 1
Sophomore Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) led a balanced attack with 13 kills and the Beavers hit .235 as a team in the four-set win over the Cougars. Junior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) recorded eight kills, senior Shannon Roseen (Malden, Mass.) finished with seven, and sophomore Gaby Miller (Miami, Fla.) added six.
Junior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) contributed 41 assists, five kills, seven digs and four blocks, while senior Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) led all players with 21 digs. Carosotto also finished with a match-high five blocks for the Green and White.
Junior Corina Picon (Irvington, N.Y.) registered 13 kills and .282 to lead Clark.
The Beavers recorded 26 kills and trailed just once early in the opening frame on their way to building a 2-0 lead. The Cougars hit .355 and took advantage of nine errors by Babson in game three, but the Green and White responded by hitting .433 and getting 11 of its 16 kills from Miller, Roseen and Puccio to close out the match.
No. 5 Johnson & Wales 3, Babson 0
Puccio recorded 11 kills and had an efficient .242 hitting percentage, Carosotto added nine kills, and senior Catherine Hunter (Duxbury, Mass.) finished with five kills and two blocks in the three-set loss to the Wildcats. Cameron dished out 28 assists to go along with nine digs and four kills, while Beecher recorded a team-high 17 digs.
Junior Mary Coniglio (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) finished with 16 kills and 11 digs, senior Katie Leidhold (Acushnet, Mass.) added 10 kills and 11 digs, and junior Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.) dished out a match-high 37 assists for Johnson & Wales. Sophomore Elyssa Nicolas (San Francisco, Calif.) also led all players with 25 digs in the victory.
The opening stanza featured six ties and four lead changes before the Wildcats used a 6-1 spurt to build a 20-14 advantage, their biggest of the opening game, on a Babson error to go up a set. The Beavers cut a five-point deficit down to one on an ace by Puccio in the second set, but Johnson & Wales scored six of the next eight points to extend its lead back to 23-18 on the way to taking a two-game edge.
The Green and White led for the early portion of the third set, matching its biggest margin at 10-8 on a kill by Carosotto. The Wildcats rattled off eight of the next 10 points, which included seven kills from Coniglio to take a 16-12 lead. The Beavers got as close as two at 17-15, but sophomore Kelly Delaney (Calais, Maine) responded with three straight kills and Leidhold added a block to extend the margin back to 21-15.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Emerson at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 15-20 all-time against Clark and 1-6 against Johnson & Wales.
• Babson has now been victorious in 70 consecutive matches when winning the first two sets.
• The Green and White is 8-2 in its last 10 NEWMAC regular season road matches going back to 2016.
• Saturday's loss to Johnson & Wales marked the first time this season and just the fourth time in 23 matches since the start of last year that the Beavers have lost when recording more blocks than their opponent.