The Score: Springfield College 3, Clark University 0
Records: Clark University 5-6 (NEWMAC 1-2), Springfield College 10-2 (NEWMAC 2-1)
Location: Springfield, Mass. (Blake Arena)
The Lead: The Springfield College women's volleyball team battled to a straight-set victory over Clark University in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday in Blake Arena. In a rematch of last year's NEWMAC Championship Semifinal, the Pride toughed out a 25-22, 25-22, 25-18 victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Clark University Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) led all players with 14 kills on the night. Rayme Quiban (Seattle, Wash.) led the Cougars with 16 digs while Sophia Torino (Los Angeles, Calif.) notched 28 assists. Kacey Legare (Chicopee, Mass.) had two blocks on defense for Clark.
Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) led Springfield's offense as she totaled 12 kills, while Hannah Andres (Barnstable, Mass.) contributed seven kills at a .333 clip. Kayley Cimino (Cumberland, Maine) and Daniela Detore (Lake Grove, N.Y.) directed Springfield's attack to a .288 hitting percentage as they combined for 34 assists, and both Donnelly and Hannah Lozano (Stockton, Calif.) registered three aces apiece. Defensively, Anagabrielle Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) was credited with a match-high 21 digs and Bridget Walsh (Garrison, N.Y.) posted five blocks.
After the Pride found itself down 6-4, the hosts stormed back with six unanswered points, capped off by an ace by Donnelly. Clark would burn its first timeout of the match when Kayleigh Helgesen (Oceanside, Calif.) ripped a ball in transition at 16-13, only to battle back to take a 21-19 lead after producing a 5-0 burst of its own. Coming out of their second timeout of the frame, Springfield used a sideout kill from Detore and two-straight aces by Lozano to go back on top. The Pride would earn set point when Donnelly blasted a ball down the line and eventually completed the comeback on a Clark service error.
Springfield would take its first lead of the second set when Walsh closed for a solo stuff at 10-9, and after seven ties, the Pride earned an 18-16 edge after Andres pushed a kill through the Clark block. The Cougars answered right back with a 6-2 run and owned a 22-20 following a Pride service miscue. However, Springfield put together a 4-0 burst, highlighted by a block and kill from Katie vonKampen (South Setauket, N.Y.) to earn set point. Donnelly sealed the win with her sixth kill of the frame as Springfield took a 2-0 lead in the match.
Clark jumped out to a 6-4 advantage in the third frame, only to have the Pride manufacture a 10-4 surge, using a big swing from Helgesen to force the visitors into a timeout trailing 14-10. The Cougars never got closer than three as Springfield used a balanced attack that featured five players with at least two kills en route to the 25-18 win.
Clark University hosts a tri-match with Wheaton College and Connecticut College on Saturday, September 23rd. They play Wheaton at 11 a.m. and Connecticut College at 3:00 p.m. Springfield will not play again until next Tuesday when it wraps up its three-match conference homestand versus Coast Guard at 7 pm.