Springfield, Mass. - September 25, 2012 Led by the duo of Tessa Smolinski and Mary Consol, the Springfield College women's volleyball team powered past Clark University in three sets in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match Tuesday evening in Blake Arena.
With its sixth-straight win, Springfield is now 13-3 and 3-1 in league play. The Cougars drop to 5-6, 1-3.
Smolinski had another strong match, tallying 13 kills at a .524 clip to go along with nine digs, while Consol posted 11 kills and two blocks, hitting .526. Molly Giannattasio handed out 23 assists in two games, and Amy Entel notched nine digs and four aces. Lindsay Runge chipped in with five aces of her own and Daniella Crismani registered six kills and five digs.
For the Cougars, Shannon Glass-Smythe recorded a match-best 14 kills and 10 digs. Teammate Mel Conde added eight kills and Rachel Spera delivered 23 assists as Clark hit .141 for the match.
After a back and forth start to the opening set, Springfield forced Clark into their first timeotu of the game at 12-10 after Consol converted out of the middle in transition. Springfield continued the pressure with a 5-1 spurt, highlighted by a pair of kills from Giannattasio to lead 17-12 and force the visitors into their second timeout. An ace from Runge and kill from Smolinski pushed the lead to 19-12, only to have the Cougars battle back to make it a 21-18 contest. Springfield regrouped and used an Entel ace sandwiched around a pair of Clark errors to take a 24-18 lead. Crismani closed out the set with a kill, 25-18. Springfield finished the opening set hitting .480, led by Smolinski’s five kills.
Springfield jumped out to early control of the second and owned a 13-5 advantage after Crismani and Consol teamed up for a block. The Pride didn’t let up, using three aces from Entel to push its lead to 20-6. With several new players in the game off the bench, Springfield used a swing from Crismani to close out Clark, 25-11. Springfield continued to be very efficient offensively, attacking at a .429 clip, with Consol’s five kills pacing the way.
Consol continued her strong play in the third and guided Springfield to an early 13-9 cushion. The visitors got as close at 14-11 following a Pride error, but consecutive aces from Runge powered the Pride to a 19-11 lead. Springfield earned match point at 24-14, but a kill from Conde and three straight Springfield attack errors gave Clark some momentum at 24-18. However, Melissa McLaughlin came up with a kill to finish off the sweep.
The Pride will have a week off from competition until it hits the court again on Tuesday, October 2 when it travels to play Mount Holyoke.