Beavers Improve to 16-1, Extend Home Winning Streak to 28
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) totaled 23 kills and 24th-ranked Babson College hit .258 as a team on the way to defeating the Coast Guard Academy and Vassar College on Saturday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium. The Beavers topped the Bears 25-12, 25-21, 26-24 to pick up a key league win and followed with a 25-10, 25-22, 25-13 victory over the Brewers.
Babson, which has won a Division III-best 28 straight matches at home, improves to 16-1 overall and is now 4-1 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. Coast Guard, which rallied to defeat Vassar in five sets, is now 13-5 overall and 4-2 in league play, while the Brewers dropped to 4-14 overall.
Babson 3, Coast Guard 0
Puccio hit .464 and recorded 15 kills, while first-year Jordan Lapins (Calgary, Alberta) added 10 kills in the win. Senior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) contributed 25 assists, six kills and six digs, and sophomore Maddie Malee (Orlando, Fla.) led all players with 11 digs for the Beavers.
Sophomore Amanda Dake (Victor, N.Y.) put away 13 kills and added seven kills to pace the Bears. First-year Noelle Turskey (Fort Myers, Fla.) contributed six kills and four digs to go along with a team-high 18 assists, while junior Veronica Hine (Virginia Beach, Va.) totaled nine digs in the loss.
The Green and White got kills from five different players during an opening 15-5 run, and hit .393 on the way to grabbing a first-set lead. Game two featured eight ties and four lead changes with neither team leading by more than four. Coast Guard tied the match at 21-21 on an ace by sophomore Lauren Hatfield (Gig Harbor, Wash.), only to see Babson respond with the final four points of the frame out of a timeout. Puccio put away a kill, senior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) followed with an ace, junior Sabrina Lechner (Novato, Calif.) added another kill and then combined on a block with Puccio to end the set.
The Beavers led by as many as five in the third set, and got back-to-back kills from Puccio and Lechner along with an error by Coast Guard to build a 24-21 advantage. Kills by sophomore Mary Sweet (Chardon, Ohio) and senior Angelou Dunton (Seattle, Wash.) helped the Bears pull even, put Puccio and first-year Laura Zuloaga (Naples, Fla.) responded with consecutive kills to end the match.
Babson 3, Vassar 0
Puccio and Zuloaga recorded eight kills apiece, junior Cassidy Witten (Honolulu, Hawaii) led all players with 15 digs and seven aces, and first-year Kelsey Hoff (Newtown Square, Pa.) dished out 12 assists as the Beavers cruised past Vassar. Cameron finished with 10 first-set assists, while Lapins, Lechner and Zuloaga added two blocks apiece in the victory.
Senior Colette Cambey (Hillsborough, N.C.) hit .600 with nine kills in 15 attempts, while sophomore Sara Ehnstrom (Kaneohe, Hawaii) added seven kills and nine digs to lead the Brewers. Classmate Madison Wilson (Plano, Texas) led all players with 19 assists and fellow sophomore Claire Bialek (Brookline, Mass.) recorded a team-high 14 digs in the loss.
Babson put way 10 kills and took advantage of nine errors by the Brewers for an easy first set win. Vassar took its biggest lead of game two at 19-15 on a kill by Ehnstrom, but the Green and White responded with five straight points to go back in front 20-19 on a kill by Zuloaga. Wilson and senior Jennifer Kerbs (Sacramento, Calif.) combined on a block to put the visitors back up 21-20, but Zuloaga recorded consecutive kills and Puccio added another as the Beavers closed the frame with a 5-1 run to build a two-set advantage.
The Green and White dominated game three, using four straight aces from Witten to key an opening 15-5 run. The Beavers finished with 11 kills in the frame while limiting Vassar to just five in 30 attack attempts.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts MIT at 6 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 16-23 all-time against Coast Guard, which includes 10 straight wins in the series, and improve to 3-1 against Vassar.
• Over the last three matches against Coast Guard, Puccio has totaled 55 kills and is averaging 6.11 kills per set while hitting at a .610 clip.
• Babson is 14-0 this season and has won 50 consecutive matches going back to 2017 when hitting better than .200.
• The Beavers have won the first sets in all 16 of their victories this season.