Springfield, Mass. - October 13, 2009 - Led by a career-best performance from Heather Lively, the Springfield College women's volleyball team downed visiting Babson, 3-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action at Blake Arena on Tuesday evening.
The Pride won by the game scores of 25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 25-14.
Springfield now stands at 22-3 on the year and is still receiving votes in the the latest AVCA national rankings. With the win, Springfield moves into second place in the league with a conference record of 4-1. Babson drops to 10-9 on the season and has lost its last two conference matches to fall to 4-2 in the NEWMAC.
Lively put together one of the finest performances in program history as she pounded out a career-best 23 kills without a single error in the match, en route to a .657 hitting percentage. It is the highest total of kills without an error in Springfield's storied history. Her offense was the focal point for the Pride as she finished with 23 of Springfield's 52 kills for the match.
In addition to Lively, Sarah Lang-Rodean chipped in with 10 kills and four blocks, while Bethany Stosz added four kills and five blocks. Meaghan Hart continued to rack up the digs with 18 in the match and Kelsea Hellyar handed out 42 assists to go along with her six digs and three aces. Cassie Seymour, who currently leads the conference in aces per game, tacked on five aces to her total.
Babson received a standout performance from Meg Flaherty, who registered a double-double with a match-high 20 digs and 14 kills. Caitlin O'Neill was solid out of the middle for the Beavers as she notched 12 kills. Kathleen Lynch led the Babson attack with 38 assists, while Shanna Glassner added 13 digs on defense.
For the match, Springfield hit .293, while Babson was limited to an .086 attacking percentage.
In the opening game, Springfield raced out to an 11-2 lead as the Beavers committed seven hitting errors in the match's opening 13 points. The Pride didn't need to do much together on the offensive side of the ball as Babson hit -.105 in the opening frame, totaling 14 attack errors.
With the score 13-9 in the second game, the Pride rattled off an 8-4 run to take a commanding 21-13 lead. Babson would get no closer than six the rest of the way as the Pride took a 2-0 advantage. Springfield hit .382 in the frame and Lively posted seven kills on just nine swings.
Babson jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the third game to force an early Springfield timeout. With its offense limiting its errors and committing just two in the game, the Beavers controlled much of the set and opened up a 23-19 lead after a Glassner kill. Another O'Neill kill gave the visitors the victory and brought them within a game.
Springfield was unstoppable in the fourth game, hitting .571 for the frame. An Alexa Untermann ace brought the Beavers within four at 14-10, only to have Springfield reel off a 6-1 run, capped off by a Stosz kill. With the game in control, Springfield used a pair of kills from Lang-Rodean down the stretch to complete the four-game victory.
The Pride has a week off and will rest up before traveling to take on conference-foe Smith next Tuesday evening.