BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College women's volleyball team swept a pair of three-set matches against Smith College and Keene State College inside Staake Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers stayed unbeaten in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play by downing the Pioneers, 25-16, 25-12, 25-21, and followed it up with a 25-15, 25-21, 25-20 victory over the Owls.
Babson, which has won four straight matches, improves to 10-4 overall and 4-0 in league play. Smith is 1-11 overall and 0-3 in the NEWMAC, while Keene State split a pair of matches and is now 12-4.
Babson 3, Smith 0
Sophomores Gaby Miller (Miami, Fla,), Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) and Avery Tronson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) all finished with six kills apiece to lead a balanced Babson attack. Junior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) and first-year Lauren Gold (Miami Beach, Fla.) both added five kills, junior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) dished out a match-high 28 assists, and senior Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) led all players with 18 digs.
Sophomore Caleigh Johnson (Georgetown, Texas) hit .286 with seven kills, while junior Jody Huang (Cranston, R.I.) finished with 11 digs to lead the Pioneers.
Carosotto and Tronson combined for eight kills against no errors, and the Green and White hit .429 in the opening set to cruise to a 1-0 advantage. Gold, Puccio and Miller all registered two early kills as Babson built a quick 12-4 lead in the second set. Smith got as close as four following back-to-back aces, but the Beavers responded with nine of the next 12 points to close out the frame.
Babson led throughout the third set and used four straight points on Miller's serve, including a pair of aces, to take its biggest advantage at 12-6. The Pioneers closed without two on three occasions, the last coming at 23-21, but Miller followed with a kill and the hosts took advantage of a Smith error on the ensuing point to close out the match.
Babson 3, Keene State 0
Puccio led all players with 14 kills and Tronson added a career-high 10 kills as the Green and White hit .302 as a team in its sweep of the Owls. Carosotto added eight kills in 13 attempts, Cameron doled out 40 assists and Beecher recorded a match-high 22 digs in the win. First-year Samantha Hardan (Woodway, Wash.) added 12 digs in the victory.
Sophomore Megan Palmer (East Islip, N.Y.) had 11 kills and senior Riley Bunker (Simi Valley, Calif.) contributed a team-high 21 digs for Keene State. Sophomore Bailey Wilson (Moorpark, Calif.) dished out 21 assists in the loss.
Babson got out to an early 11-3 lead and put away 17 kills in the opening stanza to build a one-set lead. Puccio and Miller combined for 10 of the Beavers' 18 kills in game two as the hosts used a four-point run that included a pair of aces from Puccio to build a 10-6 edge that they would not relinquish.
The Green and White hit .263 in game three and used ripped off 12 of 15 points after the Owls pulled even at 12-12 to put the match away. Puccio and Carosotto combined for four straight kills to make it 16-12 and Tronson put away three more kills in the span of four points to give the Beavers their biggest lead of the stanza at 24-15.
Babson is off until next Saturday when it travels to Coast Guard for a 1 p.m. match.
• The Beavers are 13-22 all-time against Smith and have won nine of the last 10 in the series going back to 2008.
• Babson is 3-2 all-time against Keene State.
• The Beavers are 27-1 at home going back to October 15, 2015.
• The Green and White, which is hitting .333 during its current four-match winning streak, recorded its season high for kills in a three-set match against Keene State with 52.