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Women's Volleyball Wins Opening Two Matches at Johnson and Wales Invitational

Tessa Smolinski Providence, R.I. - September 7, 2012 - After dropping the opening set of the day, the Springfield College women's volleyball team cruised past its competition en route to winning matches versus Johnson and Wales and Wheaton on Friday afternoon. The Pride bested the host Wildcats 16-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-15 before handling Wheaton in three sets, 25-8, 25-13, 25-7.

Springfield is now 5-1 on the young season and is among teams receiving votes in the latest AVCA National Poll. They will continue the Johnson and Wales Invitational on Saturday with matches against Connecticut College and Keene State.

The Wildcats jumped all over the Pride to start the opening match of the Invitational, only to have Springfield find its rhythm to take control. Tessa Smolinski continued to power the Pride's attack with 18 kills at a .365 clip to go along with 22 digs. Mary Consol notched 14 kills out of the middle, and Daniella Crismani totaled nine kills and 19 digs. Amy Entel registered 16 digs and Molly Giannattasio made her season debut, tallying 27 assists.

Versus Wheaton, head coach Moira Long went to her bench as every player saw action against the Lyons. Shannon Robitaille tallied four kills in the win, and classmate Kelsey McGayhey added three. Entel led the defensive effort with 14 digs and Crismani chipped in with 13. Whitney Miller ran the Pride's offense with 20 assists.

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