Women's Volleyball

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Match Preview: Women's Volleyball vs. Springfield

Match Preview: Women's Volleyball vs. Springfield

Women's Volleyball vs. Springfield
Tuesday, October 16 | 7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the 22nd time in a series that dates back to 1998. The Beavers are 4-17 all-time against the Pride with all four victories coming over the last six matches between the programs.

LAST MEETING
• Sophomore Allie Puccio led all players with 16 kills and junior Elizabeth Cameron contributed 46 assists, seven kills, six digs and three blocks in the Beavers' 3-1 NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal win over Springfield on October 31, 2017.
• Sophomore Gaby Miller and junior Kristin Carosotto added 11 and 10 kills, respectively, for Babson. Kayleight Helgesen finished with 10 kills, five digs and two blocks for the Pride.

LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
• Senior Hayley Kmetz led all players with 13 kills as the Pride defeated Babson in three sets, 25-21, 25-20, 25-20, on September 20, 2016, in Springfield.
• Lauren Holt added eight kills and four blocks for Springfield, which hit .247. Jenny Karnes '17 finished with nine kills and Gizem Yilmaz added six kills and a match-high five blocks for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Springfield (19-3, 7-0 NEWMAC) had its nine-match winning streak snapped in a 3-0 loss to Endicott on Saturday.
• Kayley Cimino finished with six kills, four digs and two blocks for the Pride, which hit a season-low .071 in the loss.
• Senior Jen Donnelly is averaging 3.05 kills and 2.78 digs per set, sophomore Camryn Bancroft is contributing 2.50 kills and ranks fourth in the league in hitting percentage (.372), and Kmetz is putting away 2.09 kills per set.
• First-year Sara Labadorf is third in the NEWMAC in assists (9.99) and leads the team with 34 service aces, while classmate Briana Tovar is averaging 3.84 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (16-5, 6-1 NEWMAC) has won five straight matches after defeating Simmons, 3-0, last Thursday.
• Eight different players recorded at least two kills and Carosotto and senior Catherine Hunter registered four blocks apiece for the Beavers, who hit .209 in the victory.
• Puccio ranks sixth in the conference in kills per set (3.17), while Carosotto is averaging 2.41 kills and ranks second in the NEWMAC in blocks per set (1.03) and sixth in hitting percentage (.325).
• Senior Shannon Roseen is contributing 2.33 kills, Cameron is dishing out 9.48 assists, and senior Abby Beecher ranks second in the league in digs per set (4.57) and leads the team with 25 service aces.

WHAT'S AT STAKE
• Having already clinched a NEWMAC Tournament berth, the Beavers can pull into a three-way tie for first place along with Springfield and MIT with a win on Tuesday night.

OPPORUNITY KNOCKS
• Beginning with Tuesday's tilt against Springfield, Babson will face five straight opponents that are currently ranked in the NEWVA regional poll. The Pride check in at No. 2, while this weekend's New England Challenge foes – Tufts, Middlebury and Williams are 11th, 12th and 14th, respectively. Next Tuesday's opponent Wellesley is currently fifth in the poll.
• The Green and White is 4-2 this fall against teams in the most recent NEWVA poll.

BEAVER BITES
• Beecher has averaged 5.17 digs per set and Cameron has dished out 9.83 assists per set in three career matches against Springfield.
• Puccio (3.78 k/s, .220 hitting pct.) and Miller (2.78 k/s, .235 hitting pct.) combined for 59 kills in two matches against Springfield last season.
• Hunter finished with a career-high 12 kills as Babson rallied from a two-set deficit to record a 3-2 win at Springfield last October.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have won 10 straight and 29 of their last 30 matches inside Staake Gymnasium.

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