BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) matched her season high with 17 kills to help Babson College defeat visiting Wheaton College in straight sets (25-21, 25-21, 25-16) in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's volleyball action on Tuesday night inside Staake Gymnasium.
With its fourth straight win, Babson improves to 15-5 overall and 6-1 in league play, and clinched a spot in the upcoming conference tournament. Wheaton, which entered the night having won 17 of its last 18 matches, drops to 18-3 overall and 4-2 in the NEWMAC.
Junior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) finished with nine kills and three blocks and senior Shannon Roseen (Malden, Mass.) added seven kills for the Beavers. Junior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) dished out 37 assists and senior Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) tied for match-high honors with 14 digs in the victory.
First-year Adara Hamilton (Mercer Island, Wash.) had eight kills and seven digs, while junior Nikita Selivan (Lexington, Mass.) added six kills and seven digs for the Lyons. Junior Becca Houghton (Emmaus, Pa.) dished out 23 assists and senior Cat MacGregor (North Andover, Mass.) recorded 14 digs in the loss.
Puccio and Roseen combined for 14 of Babson's 19 first-set kills as the hosts overcame 10 errors to take a 1-0 lead. The Green and White got to a quick 7-1 lead in game two before holding off late Wheaton rally. The Lyons got as close as 19-18, but Carosotto followed with a kill and an ace and Puccio tacked on another kills to end the stanza.
The Beavers put together a dominant effort in the third set to close out the sweep recording 16 kills while hitting at a .406 clip. Puccio and sophomore Gaby Miller (Miami, Fla.) each had four kills and Carosotto put away three more for the Green and White, which led by as many as 10 late in the game.
Both teams return to action on Thursday as Babson hosts Simmons at 7 p.m., while Wheaton will resume its suspended match against Wellesley from September 18 at 8 p.m.
• The Beavers are 17-32 all-time against Wheaton and have won nine of the last 12 contests between the programs.
• Babson is 5-0 at home this season and has won 28 of its last 29 matches inside Staake Gymnasium going back to 2015.
• The Green and White is 14-2 against Division III opponents this fall and is hitting .260 as a team in these 16 matches.
• The Beavers have won the opening set in all 15 of their victories this year.