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Women's Volleyball Captures MIT Invitational

Tessa Smolinski Cambridge, Mass. - September 24, 2011 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team won the MIT Invitational for the first time since 1995 as it defeated both Tufts and Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon.

The Pride bested Tufts by the scores of 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 25-15, before rallying past Connecticut College, 20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-13 in the championship.

Springfield is now 15-0 and off to the best start in program history. Tessa Smolinski was named the MVP of the Invitational, while Lauren Torvi took home All-Tournament Team honors.

Smolinski was unstoppable in the victory over Tufts as she posted 17 kills while hitting .410 to go along with 17 digs. Kim Giaquinto chipped in 13 kills at a .444 clip, while Torvi notched 13 kills of her own. Whitney Miller ran the Springfield offense with 33 assists, and Itza Nieves continued her solid play on defense with 20 digs. As a team, Springfield controlled the net with an impressive 18 blocks. Mary Consol led the way with 10 blocks of her own to go along with five kills.

In the championship tilt against Conn. College, Smolinski racked up 18 kills and 13 digs, while Torvi pitched in 17 kills of her own. Nieves posted 23 digs and Consol anchored the Pride's block again, tallying eight of Springfield's 18 blocks. Miller delivered 26 assists and classmate Molly Giannattasio tallied 20. Melissa McLaughlin also chipped in five kills in the match.

Springfield will look to keep up its winning ways on Tuesday evening when it hosts MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.

(Photo by Cindi Williamson of Fat Dog Fotos)

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