DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Junior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) and sophomore Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) combined for 21 kills while hitting .600 to lead visiting Babson College to a 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-11) win over UMass Dartmouth in non-conference women's volleyball action on Thursday night inside the Tripp Athletic Center.
Babson, which has won seven of its last eight matches, improves to 8-4 overall, while UMass Dartmouth slips to 5-4 on the year with its fourth consecutive loss.
Carosotto led all players with 11 kills and six blocks and Puccio finished with 10 kills for the Beavers, who hit an efficient .328 as a team. Junior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) dished out a match-high 18 assists, senior Catherine Hunter (Duxbury, Mass.) served up a career-high six aces, and senior Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) tied Cameron for team-high honors with five digs.
Senior Amanda LaCroix (East Freetown, Mass.) finished with five kills and six digs, while junior Jordan Rittberger (Huntington, N.Y.) doled out 14 assists for the Corsairs.
The Green White jumped out to a 10-2 lead and did not make an attack error while putting away 11 kills in an easy first-set win. Game two featured seven ties and a pair of lead changes in the early going before the Beavers pulled away with a 13-1 burst. Carosotto had four kills and a block, Puccio added two kills, and Hunter contributed a kill and a service ace to help Babson turn a 13-11 deficit into a 24-14 advantage.
The Corsairs again hung around early in the third set before the Beavers ripped a 16-2 closing run. Hunter gave the Green and White a 10-9 lead with a kill and later served up five aces in the span of six points to help Babson pull away.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Smith at 11 a.m. and Keene State at 3 p.m., while UMass Dartmouth travels to Western Connecticut State for a pair of matches beginning at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers, who had not played UMass Dartmouth since 2012, are now 8-11 in the all-time series.
• Babson improves to 21-5 in the month of September going back to last season.
• Puccio has now recorded 10 or more kills in six of the last seven matches and is averaging 3.35 kills per set during this stretch.
• The Beavers' 13 service aces are a season high and their most in a three-set match since finishing with 15 in a win over Emmanuel on September 6, 2017.