Women's Volleyball Downs Emerson, 3-0, for Fifth Straight Win

Women's Volleyball Downs Emerson, 3-0, for Fifth Straight Win

BOSTON—First-year Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) led all players with 11 kills and sophomore Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) dished out a match-high 29 assists as visiting Babson College defeated Emerson College, 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-18), in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's volleyball action on Tuesday night at Brown-Plofker Gymnasium.

With its fifth consecutive win, Babson is now 9-2 overall and 3-0 in league play, while Emerson slips to 4-6 overall and 0-3 in the NEWMAC.

Junior Shannon Roseen (Malden, Mass.) and sophomore Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) both added seven kills, while junior Gizem Yilmaz (Istanbul, Turkey) hit .455 and had six kills. Classmate Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) tied for match-high honors with 12 digs, and first-year Cassidy Witten (Honolulu, Hawaii) finished with seven digs and led all players with four service aces.

First-year Grace Tepper (Kensington, Md.) registered seven kills, while junior Moira Brennan (Glenview, Ill.) contributed 19 assists and 10 digs for the Lions, who have dropped eight straight matches against conference foes.

The Green and White trailed 16-14 in the opening frame before running off five straight points to take the lead for good. Puccio had two kills and Witten served up an ace during the run, and the Beavers took advantage of three late errors to wrap up the set.

Babson hit .400, recorded 13 kills and never trailed in the game two as it built an 11-point lead and cruised to a two-set lead. Emerson jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead in the third before the Beavers responded with six straight points that included a pair of service aces from first-year Gaby Miller (Miami, Fla.). The Green and White took its first lead of the stanza at 11-10 and extended the advantage to 19-12 on an ace by Cameron.

Emerson got as close as 21-18 on a kill by sophomore Kayleen Bertrand (New Boston, N.H.), but kills by Roseen and Carosotto, and a service ace by Yilmaz helped close out the match.

The Beavers hit .216 on the night and recorded 12 aces in the win. The Lions hit just .040 and registered just 12 kills over the final two sets.

Babson returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Smith for a tri-match against the host Pioneers and Framingham State beginning at 12 p.m. Emerson will host Brandeis on Thursday at 7 p.m.

MATCH NOTES
• The Beavers are 7-2 all-time against Emerson.
• Babson's five-match winning streak is its longest since ripping off eight straight victories late in the 2015 campaign.
• The Green and White is off to its first 3-0 start in NEWMAC play since 2014, when it won its first eight league matches.
• Babson is 22-0 since the start of last year when holding its foes to a hitting percentage below .150.

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