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Women's Volleyball Coasts Past Wheaton, 3-0

Women's Volleyball Coasts Past Wheaton, 3-0

NORTON, Mass.—Senior Jenny Karnes (Houston, Texas) led all players with eight kills and sophomore Gizem Yilmaz (Istanbul, Turkey) recorded a career-high nine service aces to help visiting Babson College defeat Wheaton College in straight sets, 26-24, 25-10, 25-18, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's volleyball action on Tuesday night at Emerson Gym.

With the win, Babson is now 15-11 overall and 7-3 in conference play, while Wheaton dropped its sixth consecutive match to fall to 10-18 overall and 2-7 in the NEWMAC.

First-year Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) tied for match-high honors with 19 assists, while classmate Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) recorded five kills and two blocks for the Beavers. Senior Lorraine Mackiewicz (Edison, N.J.) and sophomore Catherine Hunter (Duxbury, Mass.) both added five kills and sophomore Annissa Lai (San Ramon, Calif.) led all players with nine digs.

Junior Allison Cox (Torrance, Calif.) and sophomore Cathryn MacGregor (North Andover, Mass.) both finished with seven kills for the Lyons, who got 19 assists from first-year McKenna Milholland (Federal Way, Wash.).

The first set featured 10 ties and six lead changes with neither team holding an advantage of more than three points. The Green and White took its biggest lead at 16-13 on a service error, but Wheaton responded with a 10-5 run to go in front 23-21 on a kill by MacGregor. Babson scored three straight points to go back in front and then took advantage of back-to-back errors by the hosts with the frame tied at 24 to take a one-set lead.

The Beavers carried their momentum into the second set, hitting .444 as a team and taking advantage of six service aces by Yilmaz to cruise to a 2-0 lead. Babson recorded 12 kills in the third and never trailed, using a 9-3 spurt to push a one-point lead to seven midway through the stanza. Karnes contributed three kills, while Mackiewicz and Cameron each had two as the Green and White hit .320 in the final frame.

The Beavers matched a season high with 16 service aces and hit at a .232 clip while making just 12 errors in the match. The Lyons hit .286 in the first set, but recorded just 14 kills over the final two games.

Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Simmons at 7 p.m., while Wheaton concludes its season on Saturday with a 1 p.m. match at Smith.

MATCH NOTES
•    The Beavers have won eight of their last 10 matches against Wheaton.
•    Babson has now won at least seven matches in conference play in each of the last four years for the first time in program history.
•    With Tuesday's victory, the Beavers improve to 14-2 this season when winning the first set and 12-0 when hitting better than .200.
•    With three blocks on Tuesday, Mackiewicz is now tied for third on the program's all-time list with 239 total blocks. 

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