Beavers Hit .387 and Make Just Five Errors in Win over Lions
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Shannon Roseen (Malden, Mass.) led all players with a season-high 15 kills and hit a blistering .520 to help Babson College defeat visiting Emerson College, 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-23), in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's volleyball action on Tuesday night at Staake Gymnasium.
Babson, which has won six of its last seven matches, improves to 7-4 overall and 3-0 in league play, while Emerson slips to 6-5 overall and 0-3 in the NEWMAC.
Sophomore Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) hit .400 with eight kills, while junior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) dished out 23 assists over the first two sets for the Beavers. Senior Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) led all players with 15 digs and became the 10th player in program history to reach 1,000 for her career in the victory.
Sophomores Sabrina Lechner (Novato, Calif.) and Gaby Miller (Miami, Fla.) also finished with five and four kills, respectively, while classmate Cassidy Witten (Honolulu, Hawaii) served up a match-high four aces for Babson.
Sophomore Grace Tepper (Kensington, Md.) recorded 15 kills and 10 digs, while senior Fara Cohen (Morristown, N.J.) added 10 kills for the Lions. Classmate Moira Brennan (Glenview, Ill.) led all players with 26 assists in the loss.
Roseen and Puccio combined for 13 of the Beavers' 19 first-set kills and keyed a closing 12-5 run that erased a 15-13 deficit for a 1-0 lead. The Green and White jumped out to a quick lead in game two and got five more kills from Roseen while hitting an efficient .556 to cruise to a two-set advantage.
Emerson led by as many as six early in the third and was clinging to a 13-10 lead before Babson responded with 10 of the next 11 points to go in front 20-14. The Lions staved off match point three times to get within 24-23 on a kill by senior Kelley Guerra (Randolph, N.J.), but first-year Juliette Pouille (Riviera Beach, Fla.) came up with a huge block to help the Beavers close out the match on the ensuing point.
The Green and White hit a season-best .387 on the night and matched its season high for kills in a three-set match with 41. Emerson hit .282 in the final set and .198 for the match.
Both teams return to action on Thursday at 7 p.m. as Babson travels to UMass Dartmouth, while the Lions visit Brandeis.
• The Beavers are 8-2 all-time against Emerson and have won seven of the last eight matches against Emerson.
• Babson committed just five attack errors in Tuesday's win, which are the fewest in eight seasons and 237 matches under head coach Eric Neely.
• The Green and White has now won 25 of its last 26 matches at home going back to 2015.
• Babson's is off to a 3-0 start in conference play for the second time since 2014.