Beavers Extend Program-Best Winning Streak to 15, Improve to 26-1 on the Year
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) became the program's all-time assists leader and 17th-ranked Babson College defeated Wentworth Institute of Technology and Bridgewater State University in non-conference women's volleyball action on Saturday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium. The Beavers got past the Leopards in four sets (25-19, 18-25, 25-20, 25-20) before sweeping the Bears (25-15, 26-24, 25-15).
Babson, which has now won a program-best 15 straight matches, improves to 26-1 on the year. Wentworth, which defeated Bridgewater State in the day's other match is 19-7, while the Bears drop to 9-14 on the year.
Babson 3, Wentworth 1
Cameron, who entered the day needing just five assists to pass Kathleen Lynch's '13 total of 3,631, set the record in the opening frame and finished with 41 assists and 14 digs for the Beavers. Senior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) hit .429 and registered a season-high 13 kills, while junior Gaby Miller (Miami, Fla.) totaled 11 kills in 18 attempts with no errors for a .611 hitting percentage.
Mary Zlotosch (Durham, N.H.) recorded 13 kills and senior Leah Rogoz (Woodridge, Ill.) added 11 kills and 17 digs to pace the Leopards, who hit .238 in the match.
Babson jumped out to a quick 12-4 lead and hit .359 with 15 kills for an easy first-set win. Wentworth never trailed in the second set and totaled 12 kills on a .258 hitting percentage to even the match at a game apiece. Neither side led by more than two in the third set until the Beavers got back-to-back kills from Miller and Carosotto as part of a quick three-point run to push their advantage to 20-16 on the way closing out the frame.
The Green and White hit .342 with 14 kills in the fourth set, but needed a late run to put the Leopards away. Carosotto gave the hosts an 18-16 lead and Lechner and Miller combined for five late kills as Babson finished the match with a 25-20 win.
Babson 3, Bridgewater State 0
Miller hit .500 and recorded a season-high 14 kills, Lechner added eight kills, and junior Avery Tronson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) chipped in with five kills and a season-high 11 digs for Babson. First-year Kelsey Hoff (Newtown Square, Pa.) finished with 20 assists, five aces, five digs and four kills, while senior Emily Woodward (Deerfield, Mass.) contributed 19 assists, six kills and five digs in the victory.
Senior Erica Schwegman (Birmingham, Mich.) tied for match-high honors with 11 digs for the Beavers.
First-year Savannah Quintal (Assonet, Mass.) finished with 13 assists and seven digs for the Bears, who three kills from three different players. Classmate Victoria Caiano (New Bedford, Mass.) served up four aces and was one of three players to register nine digs in the loss.
The Green and White recorded 17 kills while hitting .310 in an easy first-set victory. Bridgewater led by as many as three on three occasions in game two before the Beavers came alive. Kills by Hoff and Miller gave the hosts a 20-19 lead, and Miller added another kill and an ace on set point to finish off a 26-24 win.
Babson never trailed in game three, limiting the Bears to just three kills while pulling away with an 8-0 run that included four aces from Hoff to make it 21-9.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Wellesley at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 9-0 all-time against Wentworth and 5-8 versus Bridgewater State.
• Babson's 15-match winning streak is one better than the program's previous mark of 14 set during the 2014 campaign.
• The Beavers extended their overall home winning streak to 34 matches, and have also won their last 30 contests against non-conference foes inside Staake Gymnasium.
• Babson, which has four regular season matches remaining, needs just two wins to match the program's single-season record of 28 set back in 2015.