CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Visiting Babson College won the opening game before suffering a 3-1 (20-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21) loss to No. 22 MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's volleyball action on Tuesday night inside Rockwell Cage.
Babson, which had its five-match winning streak snapped, drops to 11-5 overall and 5-1 in league play, while MIT improves to 15-2 overall and 5-1 in the NEWMAC.
Sophomore Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) finished with a team-high 11 kills, while junior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) contributed 31 assists, five kills, six digs and four blocks for the Beavers. Senior Shannon Roseen (Malden, Mass.) recorded eight kills, classmate Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) and first-year Maddie Malee (Orlando, Fla.) both had 15 digs, and fellow rookie Samantha Hardan (Woodway, Wash.) added 14 digs in the loss.
Senior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) finished with 21 kills and 17 digs, while juniors Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) and Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) contributed 11 and 10 kills, respectively, for the Engineers. Senior Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) led all players with 43 assists and classmate Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.) had a match-high 26 digs in the victory.
The Green and White trailed 18-13 in the opening game before ripping off a 12-2 run to take a 1-0 lead. Roseen had two kills and help the Beavers pull within one and senior Catherine Hunter (Duxbury, Mass.) the last of her three kills during the run to make it 23-19. MIT trimmed its deficit to three on a service error, but a kill by Puccio and an ace by Beecher helped Babson close out the first stanza.
The Engineers never trailed in the second set to even the match, and pulled away from the Beavers in the third by hitting .273 in the frame. The Green and White took an 11-10 lead on a kill by Puccio only to see MIT respond with six consecutive points on its way to building a 2-1 lead.
Babson got off to a slow start in game four and trailed by as many as nine before mounting a rally. Three kills by Puccio and two kills and two blocks from junior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) helped the Green and White get as close as 22-20 on a service ace by Malee. Bertics answered with her final kill of the night and Landeene added another on match point to end the threat.
• The Beavers are now 4-5 against MIT going back to 2013.
• Babson, which entered the night ranked 32nd nationally in hitting percentage, recorded its lowest percentage (.116) of the season against a Division III opponent in Tuesday's loss.
• The Green and White registered a season-high 71 digs against MIT.
• Beecher passed Erica Yuan '04 for ninth place on the program's all-time digs list. She now has 1,078 for her career.