Beavers Match Single-Season Wins Record, Extends Home Streak to 36 in a Row
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Frist-year Laura Zuloaga (Naples, Fla.) recorded 10 kills and sophomore Maddie Malee (Orlando, Fla.) matched her career high with 21 digs as No. 17 Babson College defeated visiting Hunter College, 3-0, in non-conference volleyball action on Friday night inside Staake Gymnasium.
Babson, which has won 17 consecutive matches, improved to 28-1 overall while matching its program record for victories in a season. Hunter, which has dropped two of its last three matches, dips to 12-16 on the year.
Senior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) finished with nine kills and four blocks, while first-year Jordan Lapins (Calgary, Alberta) added seven kills for the Beavers. Senior Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) dished out 31 assists and chipped in with nine digs in the win.
Sophomore Mariam Ouattara (New York, N.Y.) registered a match-high 12 kills and added three blocks to pace the Hawks. Classmate Justine Smith (Long Beach, N.Y.) doled out 29 assists, while senior Kylie Hurst (Greely, Colo.) and sophomore Vanessa Sanchez (Bronx, N.Y.) recorded 12 digs apiece.
The Green and White trailed 16-12 in the opening set before closing with a late run. Carosotto put away two straight kills to put the hosts in front 22-21 and then combined with first-year Lauren MacDonald (Westwood, Mass.) on two straight blocks to make it 24-21. Ouattara pulled Hunter back within one with a pair of kills, but Carosotto followed with her eighth kill to close out the frame.
Down 6-4 early in the second, the Beavers rattled off a 13-4 run that included three kills from Zuloaga and two more from Lapins to build a 17-10 advantage on the way to a 2-0 lead in the match. Babson scored the first three points of game three and used a 13-2 spurt to pull away. Zuloaga put away three kills and combined on a pair of blocks, and junior Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) followed up an ace by classmate Cassidy Witten (Honolulu, Hawaii) to extend the margin to 18-6.
Hunter got as close as 10 before MacDonald, Puccio and sophomore Jacalyn Pell (Milton, Ga.) combined to produced four straight kills as the Green and White stretched its lead back to 14.
Both teams are back in action on Saturday as Babson travels to Mount Holyoke to face the host Lyons and Sage beginning at 11 a.m., while Hunter travels to Medford to take on Colby and Tufts starting at 2:30 p.m.
• The Beavers are 2-0 all-time against Hunter.
• Babson extended Division III's longest winning streak to 36 with Friday's victory, and has now won 31 straight home matches against non-conference foes.
• The Green and White honored Cameron, Carosotto and fellow seniors Erica Schwegman (Birmingham, Mich.) and Emily Woodward (Deerfield, Mass.) prior to the match. The group has won 94 matches over the last four years, which is now just one shy of the most by a senior class in school history.
• Babson's current 17-match winning streak is the third longest in the nation behind Johns Hopkins (26) and Chicago (23).