Springfield, Mass. - October 27, 2009 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team hit .412 as a team as it dispatched WPI, sweeping the Engineers in three games in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. Springfield won the match by the set scores of 25-14, 25-12, 25-12.
The victory boosts Springfield's record to 25-5 on the year, 6-1 in league play. WPI drops just its seventh match of the season and now stands at 20-7, 2-6 in conference action.
The Pride was incredibly efficient on the night as it hit .412 as a team. Leading the way in the match was Heather Lively, who notched a match-high 11 kills. Sarah Lang-Rodean added 10 kills and was nearly unstoppable, hitting .500, to go along with two blocks and two aces. Lauren Torvi finished the match with eight kills on just 11 swings, finishing with a .636 hitting percentage and a match-high four blocks. Kelsea Hellyar notched a double double as she recorded 32 assists and a match-high 13 digs. Meaghan Hart chipped in with 10 digs, while on her senior night, Chelsea Barnicle registered a pair of aces.
Becca Holmberg totaled a team-best five kills in the loss for WPI, while Belinda Nwagbara, Bailey Sarber, and Elyssa Dorenfeld each added four kills. The Engineers were limited to a .062 hitting percentage on the night as Kim Woodward handed out 18 assists. Joan Porambo recorded eight digs on the evening.
The story of the match proved to be lengthy runs that Springfield was able to put together as it used timely serving and aggressive play at the net to earn its 25th win of the season.
In the opening game, after a Sarber ace made it 10-7 in favor of Springfield, the Pride rattled off a 15-7 run to close of the frame as it took the opening set. Lively had six of her 11 kills in the frame to pace SC to a 1-0 advantage.
A Holmberg kill brought WPI within one, 8-7, in the second game, only to have another Springfield run put the hosts in control. SC tallied the game's next 10 points with Hart at the service line as it went on to take the game, 25-12.
In the final set, Springfield poured on a 15-3 spurt to close out the stanza as it completed the three-game sweep. Hitting .500 in the third game as a team, Torvi notched six kills on only seven swings, while Lively added four on seven errorless attempts.
The Pride will wrap up its regular season this week as it plays a pair of conference foes with seedings for the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament on the line. The Pride will battled Wellesley on Thursday evening at 7:00pm before traveling to take on Coast Guard on Saturday afternoon.