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No. 20 Women's Volleyball Wins Tom Hay Invitational

2011 Tom Hay Invitational Champions Springfield/Westfield State Box Score

Springfield/Stevens State Box Score

Springfield, Mass. - October 8, 2011 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team won the 2011 Tom Hay Invitational on Saturday afternoon as it swept both Westfield State and Stevens in Blake Arena on Saturday. The Pride cruised past the Owls 25-14, 25-15, 25-17, before handling Stevens 25-20, 25-18, 25-21.

Springfield has now matched the longest winning streak in program history as it extended its record to 21-0. The Pride moved up to 20th in the national rankings in this week's AVCA poll.

Itza Nieves was named the Invitational's Most Valuable Player and was joined by teammate Lauren Torvi on the All-Tournament Team.

Springfield 3, Westfield State 0
Lauren Torvi continued her dominating ways of late with a match-high 18 kills at a .516 clip to go along with three blocks to lead the Pride past the Owls. Melissa McLaughlin added eight kills hitting .467, while Kim Giaquinto, Mary Consol, and Tessa Smolinski each added six kills. Molly Giannattasio was credited with 23 assists and classmate Whitney Miller chipped in with 14 helpers. Itza Nieves racked up a match-high 14 digs on defense.

Alyssa Danilow, Lindsay Rescott, and Julia Warner each finished with seven kills apiece to lead the Westfield State attack. Kerin DeGirolamo delivered 26 assists, and Rescott totaled a team-best 11 digs.

As a team, Springfield hit .409, its second-highest hitting percentage of the season as it posted 46 kills in three sets, while the Owls hit .202.

Torvi was the difference in the opening set as she registered nine of her 18 kills leading Springfield to a .467 hitting percentage for the set. After a Warner kill brought the Owls within two at 11-9, Springfield reeled off a 5-0 spurt with Giaqunito at the service line to force Westfield State into a timeout. The Owls would get within four at 16-12 before the Pride used four kills from Torvi to open up a 6-0 burst to put the set out of reach.

In the second, Westfield State jumped out to an early 6-4 after after Rescott connected on another kill. However, Springfield found its rhythm and scored the set's next seven points, capped off by back-to-back aces by Meaghan Hart, to gain an 11-6 advantage. Westfield State battled back and made it a 16-14 contest, only to have the Pride close out the set on a 9-1 run to gain a two-set advantage.

The third set featured a back-and-forth start before Springfield took control with the score 11-9. This time, the Pride used another 5-0 run, which included a big swing and solo block by Torvi, to give Springfield a seven-point cushion. Springfield completed the sweep as Clare Henry posted the Pride's 10th service ace of the match.

Springfield 3, Stevens 0
Smolinski produced a match-high 14 kills, while Torvi added 13 as the Pride toppled the Ducks in three sets. Giannattasio ran Springfield's offense on the afternoon and registered a double-double with 34 assists and 10 digs. Nieves totaled 12 digs and Hart tallied 10 digs and three aces.

Stevens was paced by the play of Maggie Kowalska who finished the match with nine kills and 13 digs. Chrissy Dickinson was responsible for six kills and three blocks, and Samantha Gates handed our 13 assists to go along with 11 digs.

Trailing 11-8 early in the first set, Springfield scored the game's next eight points as they were able to capitlize on several Stevens miscues. A Reanin Glah kill brought the Ducks within one at 18-17, but Springfield was able to use back-to-back kills from Smolinski to regain a three-point cushion en route to a 25-20 win.

The Pride once again used a key run to break open a close game in the second after the teams were tied at 17 all following a Springfield attack error. The hosts then used a kill from Torvi to kickstart a 7-0 spurt to that would result in ia 25-18 victory.

Springfield showed plenty of resolve in the third set as it trailed 17-14 after a big block from Dickinson and Kowalska. The Pride responded with a 5-1 push capped off by a Smolinski kill to take a 19-18 lead that it would not relinquish. Giaquinto completed the Pride's 21st victory of the year with her seventh kill of the match.

Tom Hay Invitational
October 8, 2011

Springfield 3, Westfield State 0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-17)
New Paltz 3, Stevens 0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-15)
Stevens 3, Westfield State 0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-19)
New Paltz 3, Plymouth State 0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-19)
Springfield 3, Stevens 0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-21)
Plymouth State 3, Westfield State 0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-10

All Tournament Team
Danielle Stoodley - Plymouth State
Maggie Kowalska - Stevens
Alex Shaw - Westfield State
Dana Vosilla - New Paltz
Melinda DiGiovanna - New Paltz
Lauren Torvi - Springfield
MVP - Itza Nieves - Springfield

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