BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomores Alicia Wilde (Franklin, Mass.) and Mary Donahue (Braintree, Mass.) combined for 24 kills, and classmate Krissy Robertson (Dedham, Mass.) chipped in with a team-high 21 assists to go along with nine digs and five kills as Babson College rallied for a 3-1 victory over Framingham State in a non-conference women's volleyball match on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.
After dropping the first set 25-19, the Beavers won three straight frames, 26-24, 25-13, 25-21, to pick up their second consecutive win and move to 17-11 on the year. The Rams, who had their 11-match winning streak snapped, fall to 22-5 on the season.
Sophomore Mary Martin (East Haddam, Conn.) and first-year Brittany Goldschmidt (Delray Beach, Fla.) each had seven kills for Babson, while junior Brianna San Diego (Daly City, Calif.) had 11 digs to go along with a match-high seven service aces. Sophomore Elizabeth Sullivan (Quincy, Mass.) had a team-high 12 digs and classmate Angela Price (Medway, Mass.) chipped in with 17 assists for the hosts.
First-year Alycia Rackliffe (Feeding Hills, Mass.) led all players with 15 kills for Framingham State, while junior Maribeth Martin (Barnstable, Mass.) had a team-high 21 assists to go along with 10 digs. First-year Julia Wan (South Deerfield, Mass.) led the Rams with 16 digs, and senior Andressa Fernandes (Framingham, Mass.) contributed 11 digs, five kills, and three service aces.
After dropping five straight points to see its 11-7 advantage evaporate, Framingham State quickly rallied following a timeout to seize control of the opening set. The Rams, paced by a pair of aces from Fernandes and three kills from Rackliffe, won 13 of the final 19 points in the game to take a one-set lead.
The Beavers were able to level the match at a set apiece after weathering eight ties and six lead changes in game two. Clinging to a 23-22 lead, Framingham State used a kill from Wan and a service ace from Martin to come within a point of a two-set lead, but Babson scored three straight points to turn the match around. Donahue pulled the Green and White even with a kill, Robertson then helped them go ahead 25-24 with an ace, and Donahue delivered the final blow with another kill to win the set.
Babson led from wire-to-wire in the third set, jumping out a 9-5 lead and closing the frame with nine of the final 12 points to take a 2-1 lead, before quickly jumping to a 5-1 lead in the fourth set. The Rams tied the score on five occasions, the last coming at 21-21, to force a timeout by the hosts. The Beavers responded though, using kills by Robertson and Donahue, as well as a Framingham attack error to take a 24-21 lead. San Diego then capped off the match in style, earning the final point on a service ace to secure the win.
Both teams will return to action on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. as Babson hosts Wheaton in its regular-season finale while Framingham State will take on St. Joseph's (Me.)
Match Notes: Babson is now 24-4 all-time against Framingham State and has won four straight against the Rams going back to 2008…Saturday's victory was the 24th straight for the Beavers over a non-conference opponent at Staake Gymnasium since September 8, 2009…With its 17th victory of the season, Babson has now won 17 or more matches in three consecutive seasons for just the second time in program history, matching the 1991-1993 teams…Babson is undefeated at home this season (9-0) and has gone 27-4 in home matches since the start of the 2011 season.