SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Junior Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) hit .448 and finished with 14 kills, while first-year Jordan Lapins (Calgary, Alberta) added 11 kills and four aces to help 17th-ranked Babson College defeat Springfield College, 3-1 (25-16, 16-25, 25-17, 25-19), in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's volleyball action on Tuesday night inside Blake Arena.
With its 13th straight win, Babson improves to 24-1 overall and 7-1 in league play. The Beavers also secured a spot in next month's conference tournament. Springfield dropped its fourth straight match to fall to 16-10 overall and 3-5 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) registered 10 kills and five blocks, and junior Sabrina Lechner (Novato, Calif.) put away nine kills in 16 attempts for a .562 hitting percentage for the Beavers. Senior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) finished with 41 assists and 13 digs, while classmate Erica Schwegman (Birmingham, Mich.) and sophomore Samantha Hardan (Woodway, Wash.) chipped in with 11 and 10 digs, respectively.
Sophomore Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.) led all players with 15 kills to pace the Pride. Classmate Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) recorded 25 assists and senior Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) totaled 23 digs in the loss.
The Green and White totaled 14 first-set kills and led throughout much of the frame before putting it away with a late 7-1 run. Springfield bounced back in game though, holding the Beavers to a .081 hitting percentage while closing the set with a 12-5 run to even the match at 1-1.
Babson never trailed in game three, using four kills by Puccio and three blocks from Carosotto to build a 17-10 advantage. The Pride got as close as three late in the set, the last coming at 19-16, before the Green and White rattled off six of the next seven points. Lapins and Lechner combined on a block, Lapins served up two straight aces, and the Beavers took advantage of three errors by the hosts to end the frame.
Babson dominated the fourth set recording 18 kills and hitting .432 on the way to closing out the match. Carosotto had five kills in the Beavers' first 15 points and Lechner added four kills in the span of five points to cap a 10-3 run that extended the lead to 22-12 late in the frame.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Wentworth and Bridgewater State beginning at 1 p.m., while Springfield takes on Wheaton next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 7-17 all-time against Springfield but have won five straight matches in the series and have been victorious in four straight visits to Blake Arena.
• Cameron's 41 assists on Tuesday leaves her just five away from breaking the program's all-time record of 3,631 currently held by Kathleen Lynch '13.
• Babson is 6-1 in four-set matches this season.
• The Beavers have won their last 57 matches when hitting better than .200.