Babson Park, Mass. – Host Babson College controlled play at the net to the tune of 22 block assists en route to a convincing 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-17) win over Clark University in one of the two New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) quarterfinal volleyball matches on Tuesday evening.
The second-seeded Beavers who won their school-record 24th match as well as their first conference tournament match since 1993, will now face sixth-seeded Coast Guard on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at MIT.
For the Scarlet and White, their season and the careers of seniors of Mel Conde (Union City, Calif.), Savonnah Rowe (New York, N.Y.) and Kaitlyn Stuck (Bourne, Mass.) come to a close with a 10-15 record following their second straight postseason appearance.
Mary Donahue (Braintree, Mass.) led a balanced attack for the Beavers with seven kills and three blocks assists, while classmate Krissy Robertson (Dedham, Mass.) added six kills, 12 assists and three blocks assists/
Sophomore Lorraine Mackiewicz (Edison, N.J.) had six kills and junior Alicia Wilde (Franklin, Mass.) chipped in with five for the Beavers, who hit .202 as a team on the night. Junior Angela Price (Medway, Mass.) dished out a team-high 15 assists, senior Kseniya Pulido (Upland, Calif.) led all players with 15 digs, and sophomore Alana Atchison (Pembroke, Mass.) contributed a career-high seven block assists in the win.
Shannon Glass-Smythe (Albuquerque, N.M.), Courtney Pharr (Seattle, Wash.) and Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, P.R.) all had four kills for the Cougars. Tori Whitney (Sunderland, Mass.) led all players with 17 assists, while Savannah Sanford (San Anselmo, Calif.) had a team-high 12 digs.
Leading 10-7 in the opening set the Green and White pulled away with seven consecutive points on the serve of Pulido to go in front 17-7. Babson, which led by as many as 12, recorded nine kills and six blocks in the opening frame to take a one-set lead.
Babson had little trouble in the second set, scoring six of the first seven points and smashing 13 kills to forge a two-set lead.
After falling behind by as many as eight at 13-5, Clark got a kill from Glass-Smythe and took advantage of three Beavers' attack errors to close within 13-9. The Green and White responded though, scoring six straight points on the serve of Brianna San Diego (Daly City, Calif.), including back-to-back kills by Robertson to push its lead out to 22-10.
2015 looks bright for the Cougars as they will return ten of their top 13 players from a team that advanced to its second straight playoff appearance and fifth in the last eight years.