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No. 21 Women's Volleyball Rebounds With Wins Over Rivier and ECSU

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Springfield, Mass. - Sept. 1, 2012 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team rebounded from its first loss of the season last night with a pair of victoires over Rivier and Eastern Connecticut State in the second day of the Springfield College Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Pride downed Rivier, 22-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-15, before cruising past ECSU, 25-8, 25-12, 25-21.

Springfield now stands at 3-1 on the season and is ranked 21st in the country in the latest AVCA National Coaches Poll. Clarkson went 3-0 on the weekend and was crowned the Springfield College Invitational champion. Springfield's Tessa Smolinski and Mary Consol earned All-Tournament Team honors, while Clarkson's Lanu Durio was named the MVP.

In the win over Rivier, Tessa Smolinski produced a team-best 15 kills to go along with 12 digs, while Mary Consol posted 14 kills, hitting .400. Kelsey McGayhey added nine kills, and Elise Brogan controlled the middle with eight kills and three blocks. Whitney Miller registered 44 assists as Springfield hit .304, and both Daniella Crismani and Amy Entel recorded 13 digs each.

Rivier was led by Kenna Finlayson's match-high 16 kills. Nicole Peacock tallied 12 kills at a .526 clip out of the middle, and Jessica Amaral notched a match-high 17 digs. Emily O'Reilly led the Raider offense with 39 assists, and Nicole Boucher and a team-best three blocks.

With the score even at 21 in the first set, the Raiders closed out the frame on a 4-1 spurt, capped off by a Peacock kill to take an early 1-0 lead. The Pride responded with a late-game push of its own in the second. After Finlayson evened things at 23-all, a McGayhey kill and Smolinski ace evened the match at a game apiece.

From there, it was all Springfield as the hosts posted consecutive 25-15 set victories to win the match in four. The Pride held the Raiders to a -.038 hitting percentage in the third, and hit .600 in the fourth, connecting for 15 kills on 25 errorless attempts.

In the three-game sweep of ECSU, Smolinski, Consol, and Brogan were the key as the trio combined for 31 kills with a .475 hitting percentage. Smolinski had 11 kills, hitting .423, while both Consol and Brogan had 10 kills each, hitting .409 and .692 respectively. Smolinski snagged a match-high 19 digs, and Entel added 16 of her own. Consol registered a match-best four blocks and Miller collected 37 assists.

The Warriors's Katie Wilson, who earned All-Tournament team honors, had a team-bet six kills, to go along with nine digs and two blocks. Erynn Miller had 12 digs, and Allie Henry posted 12 assists, four digs, and a pair of aces.

With the scored 11-8 in the first, Springfield reeled off 14-straight points behind the serving of Clare Henry to take the first set 25-8. Springfield rolled through the second set, 25-12, thanks to five kills from Brogan, setting up the final frame.

Despite trailing 21-17, the Warriors rallied to even things at 21 off a kill from Brooke Curran. After a timeout by SC coach Moira Long, Springfield reeled off the final four points as kills from Brogan and Crismani sandwiched a pair of terminations from Consol for the win.

Springfield College Invitational
Saturday, September 1
Clarkson 3, Simmons 0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-16)
ECSU 3, Westfield State 0 (25-14, 27-25, 25-14)
Rivier 3, RIC 0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-22)
Springfield 3, Rivier 1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-15)
Clarkson 3, Westfield State 0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-18)
Springfield 3, ECSU 0 (25-8, 25-12, 25-21)
Simmons 3, RIC 1(25-21, 24-26, 25-23, 25-20)

All Tournament Team
Springfield, Tessa Smolinski
Springfield, Mary Consol
ECSU, Katie Wilson
Rivier, Kenna Finlayson
Simmons, Raeann Nesta
Clarkson, Aishvina Arasu
Clarkson, Lani Durio - MVP

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