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Women's Volleyball Splits With Webster and Southwestern at Trinity Fall Classic

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San Antonio, Texas - October 18, 2013 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team opened up its trip to Texas at the Trinity Fall Classic with a three-game sweep of Webster before Southwestern rallied for a 3-2 win over the Pride in the nightcap.

The split brings the Pride's record to 18-3 on the season.

In a 25-16 25-17, 25-17 sweep of Webster, Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) registered a match-best 13 kills at a .478 clip, while Tessa Smolinski (Hebron, Conn.) posted 11 kills and six digs. Whitney Miller (Cuba, N.Y.) collected 32 assists and 10 digs to lead the Pride to victory and Kelsey McGayhey (Shelter Island, N.Y.) notched eight kills.

On the defensive end, Daniella Crismani (San Francisco, Calif.) was credited with 10 digs and Amanda Palladino (Cheshire, Conn.) tallied three blocks.

Against Southwestern, the Pride cruised to 25-19, 25-20 wins in the first two sets before the Pirates stormed back to win the match with 25-19, 25-23, 15-8 wins in the final three sets.

Holt was once again strong in the middle for the Pride, totaling 16 kills on a .400 hitting percentage to go along with five blocks. Smolinski added 19 digs and 16 kills, and Miller had 43 helpers. Crismani notched 18 digs, eight kills, and three blocks, and McGayhey chipped in 10 kills of her own.

Springfield will wrap up its play in Texas on Saturday when it clashes with a pair of nationally-ranked teams in Eastern and Trinity.

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