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Women's Volleyball Falls to Regionally-Ranked Tufts, 3-0

Women's Volleyball Falls to Regionally-Ranked Tufts, 3-0

MEDFORD, Mass.—Tufts University got five or more kills from five different players on its way to defeating visiting Babson College in straight sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in non-conference women's volleyball action on Tuesday night at Cousens Gym.

Babson, which saw its four-match winning streak come to an end, is now 12-8 on the year, while Tufts improves to 15-1 with its seventh consecutive win.

Senior Lorraine Mackiewicz (Edison, N.J.) had eight kills and six digs and classmate Jenny Karnes (Houston, Texas) added six kills for the Beavers. First-year Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) contributed 14 assists, five digs and two blocks, while sophomore Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) recorded a team-high seven digs in the loss.

Senior Elizabeth Ahrens (Richmond, Va.) and first-years Brigid Bell (Granite Bay, Calif.) and Christina Nwankpa (Round Rock, Texas) all had six kills for the Jumbos. Classmate Kelly Klimo (North Canton, Ohio) led all players with 16 assists, while sophomores Katie Zheng (Omaha, Neb.) and Angela Yu (Austin, Texas) dished out 13 and 12 assists, respectively.

Tufts broke open the first set with a six-point run to break an early 6-6 deadlock and then jumped out to a 12-5 lead to start the second set. The Green and White scored six of the next eight points and got a pair of kills from Mackiewicz to pull within 14-11 before Tufts ripped off seven consecutive points on its way to closing out game two.

The Jumbos built a 9-3 third-set lead, but Babson responded with services aces from senior Alana Atchison (Pembroke, Mass.) and sophomore Shannon Roseen (Malden, Mass.) to cut its deficit to 11-8. That's as close as the visitors would get though, as Tufts recorded five kills and took advantage of six errors to close out the match.

Babson returns to action on Thursday when it travels to Rivier at 7 p.m., while Tufts hosts Bates on Friday at 7 p.m.

MATCH NOTES

•    The Beavers are now 3-4 against NESCAC opponents this fall.
•    Babson recorded a season-low two service aces on Thursday against the Jumbos.
•    The Beavers are now 7-8 away from home this season.

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