Atlanta, Ga. - September 10, 2010 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team kicked off its weekend in the south as it split a pair of matchs at the Emory Classic on Friday afternoon. The Pride won its opener over Texas Lutheran in five games, before falling to Emory in straight sets.
The Pride was victorious over Texas Lutheran by the game scores of 25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-10. Emory, which is currently ranked third in the country, handed Springfield its first loss of the season by the game scores of 25-21, 25-15, 26-24.
Leading the way in the victory was Lauren Torvi and Tessa Smolinski, who both tallied 14 kills in the win. Senior All-American Heather Lively added 11 kills as well for Springfield.
Lively posted 10 kills in the loss to the Eagles, while Torvi added nine kills and Smolinski posted seven kills. Meaghan Hart added 10 digs and Kelsea Hellyar dished out 25 assists and picked up seven digs.
In the loss to Emory, Springfield led the majority of the opening set. However, with the game tied at 19, Emory went on a 6-2 run to close out the frame as the hosts took the first set. Springfield struggled to find a rhythm in the second set as Emory hit an incredible .650 to take the 10-point win. The Pride nearly forced a fourth set as a Lively kill made it 24-all in the third. Emory closed out the contest with back-to-back kills as it improved to 7-0 on the year.
The Pride return to action on Saturday afternoon in the second day of the Emory Classic as it takes on St. Catherine's and Gettysburg.