No. 23 Women's Volleyball Rallies to Beat MIT, 3-1

No. 23 Women's Volleyball Rallies to Beat MIT, 3-1

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) recorded a season-high 19 kills and 23rd-ranked Babson College hit .372 over the final three sets on the way to defeating visiting MIT, 3-1 (23-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-20), in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's volleyball action on Tuesday night inside Staake Gymnasium.

With its 29th straight home victory, Babson improves to 17-1 overall and 5-1 in league play, while MIT dips to 16-4 overall and is also 5-1 in the NEWMAC.

First-year Laura Zuloaga (Naples, Fla.) finished with a season-high 11 kills and senior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) added 10 kills for the Beavers, who made just 12 errors on the night. Fellow senior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) contributed 41 assists and 12 digs, while sophomore Maddie Malee (Orlando, Fla.) tied for match-high honors with 13 digs.

Senior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) had 12 kills and sophomore Hannah Collins (Sunnyvale, Calif.) added nine kills to pace the Engineers. Junior Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) dished out 33 assists, while senior Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) led two players in double figures with 13 digs.

MIT jumped out to a quick 7-3 lead in game one before the Green and White rallied to forge the first of 11 ties in the frame at 14-14 on a kill by Zuloaga. Neither side led by more than one over the next 18 points before Groark and senior Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded back-to-back kills with the set deadlocked at 23-23 to give the Engineers a 1-0 lead.

The Beavers dominated the second set, hitting .600 as Puccio and Zuloaga combined for 10 of the team's 13 kills to even the match at a game apiece. MIT built a 12-7 lead in the third before Babson responded with a 10-3 run that put it ahead for good on a kill by Carosotto. Puccio and Zuloaga each put away five kills as the hosts built a 23-17 lead on the way to building a 2-1 advantage in the match.

The fourth set featured 11 ties and four lead changes before the Beavers took control down the set. Two kills by Puccio and another by Zuloaga gave Babson a 21-18 lead, and Cameron's block at 22-19 was followed by two straight MIT errors before Puccio registered her final kill of the night at match point.

Babson returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Brandeis and Endicott beginning at 11 a.m., while MIT takes on Emmanuel on Thursday at 6 p.m.

MATCH NOTES
• Six of the Beavers' seven wins in the all-time series against MIT have come since 2013.
• With one block in Tuesday's win, Carosotto tied Krissy Robertson's '16 program record of 279 total bocks.
• Babson has won 48 of its last 49 matches at home going back to October 2015. The lone setback during this stretch was a five-set loss to MIT in 2017.
• The win over MIT marks just the fifth time in 19 matches over the last three seasons that the Beavers have won a match after dropping the first set.