September 23, 2008 - Springfield, Mass. - Heather Lively (Royalston, Mass.) recorded 13 kills to pace the Springfield College women's volleyball team to a three-game win over conference-rival MIT on Tuesday evening in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest.
The Pride won by the scores of 25-11, 25-21, 25-23. With the win, Springfield improves to 10-1, 3-0 in league play while MIT drops to 8-6, 2-1.
With the score knotted at six after a Pride attack error, Springfield rattled off a 15-2 run to take a commanding 21-8 lead after a kill from Sarah Lang-Rodean (Mansfield, Conn.). The Pride closed out the game on a Lively kill en route to the 25-11 game one win.
Game two was back and forth from the start until the Pride knotted the game at 12 after a Lively kill. From there, the Engineers went on a 9-3 run fueled by a pair of Alex May kills to take a 21-15. After an Aylene Ilkson (Baldwin, N.Y.) kill made the score 21-16, the Pride went on to score the next nine points of the match with Meaghan Hart (Stony Brook, N.Y) behind the service line. In the improbable run, senior Heidi Yohe (Deer Park, Wash.) made a pair of sensational defensive plays to bring the crowd to its feet.
In the third and final game, the Pride found themselves down 17-14 after a May kill, forcing Joel Dearing to call a timeout. Out of the timeout, SC rattled off the next three points, capped off by a big block from Rodean and Kim Gianquinto (Massapequa, N.Y.), to make it 17-all. The Engineers continued to battle back, making it 23-23 after a kill from Jenny Li. However, a Lively kill and a solo block from Bethany Stosz (Amherst, Mass.) gave Springfield the 25-23 win.
The Pride hit .269 in the win, while the Engineers were held to .103.
Lively finished with 13 kills, while Ikson added 11 kills and 13 digs. Rodean hit at a .368 clip as she recorded eight kills out of the middle. Stosz finished the game with five blocks, while the offense was run by Kelsea Hellyar's (Fairhaven, Mass.) 37 assists. Yohe also added a match-high 14 digs in the win.
May led MIT with 14 kills, while Evelyn Cordner dished out 20 assists.
Springfield returns to action on Friday evening at 6:00 pm when it takes on Bowdoin in the first match of the MIT Invitational.