WELLESLEY, Mass.—Visiting Babson College got double-digit kills from three players but hit just .106 as a team and suffered a five-set (18-25, 25-15, 28-26, 23-25, 15-10) loss at Wellesley College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's volleyball action on Tuesday night inside Towne Fieldhouse.
Babson, which has dropped three straight matches, slips to 18-8 overall and 7-2 in league play, while Wellesley improves to 18-5 overall and 7-2 in the NEWMAC.
Sophomore Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) put down 15 kills, while junior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) and sophomore Gaby Miller (Miami, Fla.) each added 11 kills for the Beavers, who also got 40 assists and eight digs from junior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.). Cameron and Carosotto both finished with five blocks, senior Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) totaled 20 digs, and sophomore Cassidy Witten (Honolulu, Hawaii) chipped in wtih 14 digs in the loss.
Sophomore Lauren Gedney (Huntersville, N.C.) led all players with 22 kills, while senior Yasmine Reece (New Rochelle, N.Y.) chipped in with 13 for the Blue. Sophomore Darina Postupaka (Tinley Park, Ill.) added 10 kills and seven blocks, senior Michelle Li (Scarsdale, N.Y.) racked-up 50 assists and Samantha Hoang (Elk Grove, Calif.) finished with a match-high 27 digs in the win.
The Green and White got out to a quick 8-3 lead in the opening set, putting away 14 kills and taking advantage of six errors by Wellesley to build a 1-0 advantage. The Blue pulled away with a late run in the second set to even the match, and outlasted Babson 28-26 to claim a pivotal game-three win.
The Beavers led by as many as seven at 13-6 and later trailed 21-17 before taking advantage of a trio of errors to get within a point of taking the set for the second time at 26-25. The Blue responded with three straight points though, including a kill and an ace from Reece to close out the stanza.
Despite making 15 errors in the fourth, Wellesley took its biggest lead of the frame on a kill by Gedney at 19-15. Babson scored eight of the next 10 points, pulling even at 21 on a block by Cameron and sophomore Sabrina Lechner (Novato, Calif.), and going in front 23-21 on consecutive errors by the hosts. Roseen and Puccio came through with late kills to force a decisive fifth set.
The Green and White never led in the final frame, and was unable to get closer than four after watching Wellesley jump out to an 8-2 lead.
Babson wraps up the regular season on Saturday when it hosts Mount Holyoke at 11 a.m. and Worcester State at 3 p.m. Wellesley will host a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal match next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers have dropped two straight matches to the Blue, both in five sets, after winning four consecutive matches in the series going back to 2014.
• Tuesday's five-set match was the first to go the distance for Babson since its 3-2 victory at Clarkson in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last November.
• The Beavers .106 hitting percentage on Tuesday night was their lowest this season against a Division III opponent.
• Tuesday's setback marks just the third time in 21 matches this fall that Babson has lost after winning the first set.