FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—The Babson College women's volleyball team dropped a pair of matches to Division II programs on the final day of competition at the Nova Southeastern University Shark Invitational on Saturday. The Beavers fell in straight sets (25-15, 25-16, 25-13) to Lynn University in their first match before suffering a three-set loss (25-17, 25-20, 25-17) to the hosts.
Lynn 3, Babson 0
Sophomores Sabrina Lechner (Novato, Calif.) and Rachel Williams (Chicago, Ill.) both recorded four kills and junior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) dished out 17 assists and added five digs in the Beavers' three-set loss to Lynn. First-year Maddie Malee (Orlando, Fla.) chipped in with six digs as the Green and White committed 20 errors while finishing with just 20 kills.
Babson (1-3) tied the opening set at 6-6 on a kill by senior Catherine Hunter (Duxbury, Mass.), only to see the Fighting Knights rip off five straight points to build a lead they would not relinquish. The Beavers led just once over the final two games and recorded just 11 kills against Lynn (5-1), which finished with 11 total blocks.
Nova Southeastern 3, Babson 0
Sophomore Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) had eight kills and senior Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) led all players with 25 digs for the Green and White. Cameron finished with 13 assists and 12 digs in the loss.
The Beavers fell behind early and were unable to recover as they recorded just six kills against 11 errors in the opening frame. Babson cut a seven-point deficit down to just two on four occasions, the last coming at 22-20, in game two, only to see the Sharks record three straight kills to take a 2-0 advantage.
The Green and White trailed 6-1 early in the third set, but ripped off eight of the next 11 points to pull within one after a second consecutive Nova Southeastern error. The momentum was short-lived though as the Sharks registered three kills and a service aces as part of a six-point run that extended their lead to 15-8.
Babson returns to action on Friday when it hosts Lasell at 6 p.m. as part of the MIT Invitational.
• Saturday's matches were the first in program history against both Lynn and Nova Southeastern.
• Despite back-to-back losses on Saturday, the Beavers have won 14 of their last 18 contests in the month of September.