FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—The Babson College women's volleyball team split a pair of four-set matches against Division II foes on the opening day of Nova Southeastern University's Shark Invitational on Friday. The Beavers topped Texas A&M International University in four sets (25-17, 25-23, 23-25, 28-26) before falling to Missouri S&T University 32-30, 22-25, 20-25, 14-25.
Babson 3, Texas A&M International 1
Junior Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) hit .531 and led all players with a career-high 18 kills to help the Beavers win their season opener. Sophomore Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) added 11 kills and 10 digs and classmate Sabrina Lechner (Novato, Calif.) chipped in with six kills and a career-best six blocks in the win.
Babson hit .233 and took advantage of 10 errors by Texas A&M International (1-5) in the opening set, and then rallied from a late deficit in game two to build a 2-0 lead. The Green and White hit .342 in the frame and got five kills from Carosotto and Puccio as part of a comeback that erased the Dustdevils' 20-16 edge.
Despite failing to close out a 22-19 lead in the third set, the Beavers withstood another Texas A&M International rally to end the match in four. Babson led for much of the frame, its largest advantage coming at 17-13 after a Puccio kill, before the Dustdevils finally pulled even at 24-24. Carosotto gave the Green and White the lead for good at 27-26 and the Beavers used a ball-handling error on their fourth match point to win by two.
Missouri S&T 3, Babson 1
Senior Shannon Roseen (Malden, Mass.) hit .429 and had a team-high 14 kills, while Cameron finished with 40 assists and eight digs in Babson's four-set loss to the Miners (4-1). Puccio and Carosotto recorded nine and eight kills, respectively, and Lechner chipped in with seven kills and four blocks in the loss.
The Green and White trailed for much of the first set before ripping off four straight points to build a 24-22 lead on a Missouri S&T error. The Miners followed with back-to-back points to forge the first of seven ties late in the set. Babson withstood five set points before getting kills from Lechner and Puccio as part of a three-point run that closed out a 32-30 victory.
Missouri S&T scored six of the final nine points of game two to even the match, and trailed just once over the final two sets on its way to posting a four-set win. The Miners hit at a .299 clip over the final three frames and limited the Green and White to just three kills in game four.
Babson will wrap up play at the NSU Shark Invitational when it takes on Lynn at 10 a.m. and hosts Nova Southeastern at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
• Friday's matches were the first in program history against both Texas A&M International and Missouri S&T.
• Friday's matches were also the first for the Beavers in the state of Florida and the first against Division II competition since 1987.