Springfield, Mass. - October 9, 2010 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team won the 2010 Tom Hay Invitational after defeating both Bridgewater State and Plymouth State on Saturday behind the play of the tournament's most valuable player, Lauren Torvi.
The Pride has now strung together 10-straight victories to improve to 22-2 on the year.
In their first match of the day, Springfield downed Bridgewater State, 25-17, 25-15, 25-21, before cruising past Plymouth State, 25-9, 25-18, 25-21. The Pride put together its two most efficient offensive outings of the year as it hit .422 against Plymouth and .417 versus Bridgewater.
Torvi had her way with the Bears as she tallied a match high 10 kills on 13 errorless swings en route to a .769 hitting percentage. The junior middle blocker patrolled the net throughout as she racked up eight block assists. Fellow middle Sarah Lang-Rodean also recorded 10 kills in the victory, while Heather Lively added eight kills and four blocks. Kelsea Hellyar handed out 31 assists and notched four aces as she guided the Springfield offense.
The Bears were paced by eight kills and two aces from Shelly DePina, while Tayler Beck added seven kills of her own. Melanie Appleman delivered 27 assists in the loos. As a team, Bridgewater State hit .132 as it was hampered by 19 attack errors. Juie Clerc posted a team-best five digs and chipped in with four kills while hitting .571.
In the win over Plymouth State, Meaghan Hart reached a career milestone as she became the 10th player in program history to record 1,000 career digs after she posted 13 digs in the victory. Lang-Rodean registered a match-high 11 kills at a .529 clip to go along with a pair of blocks. Smolinski continued her efficient play as she posted 10 kills while hitting .471 on the outside for the Pride, while Giaquinto hit .500 for the match as she tallied eight kills and added four blocks. Hellyar delivered 41 assists in just three sets, and Lindsay Runge rattled off three aces in the match.
The Panthers were guided by Casey Stoodley, who recorded a team-best 10 kills and added four digs. Allie Jones chipped in with four kills, three aces, and three digs, while Elissa Morian registered seven kills in the loss. Plymouth State hit just. 120 for the contest. Sarah Cady was credited with 26 assists and six digs.
2010 Tom Hay Invitational
Day 1 Results
Springfield 3, Westfield State 0 (25-9, 25-19, 25-17)
Plymouth State 3, Bridgewater State 0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-18)
Day 2 Results
Springfield 3, Bridgewater State 0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-21)
Westfield State 3, Plymouth State 2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 15-9)
Springfield 3, Plymouth State 0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-21)
Westfield State 3, Bridgewater State 1 (25-14, 23-25, 28-26, 25-14)
Allie Jones (Plymouth State)
Shelly DePina (Bridgewater State)
Julia Warner (Westfield State)
Kerin DeGirolamo (Westfield State)
Tessa Smolinski (Springfield
Sarah Lang-Rodean (Springfield)
Lauren Torvi (Springfield ) - MVP