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Springfield Volleyball Cruises Past Maine Maritime In NCAA Division III Championship First Round

Springfield Volleyball Cruises Past Maine Maritime In NCAA Division III Championship First Round

This release is courtesy of Springfield College Sports Information. 

Providence, R.I. - November 9, 2018 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team cruised past Maine Maritime in straight sets in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship at Johnson & Wales University on Friday afternoon.   The Pride won by the set scores of 25-15, 25-14, 25-19.

The Pride, which was playing in the national tournament for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons, improved to 24-7.  Third-seeded Springfield advances to the Saturday's second round, where it will battle second-seeded Wesleyan at 2:30 pm.  Maine Maritime's season comes to a close with a 23-7 record.

Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) was tremendous in her homecoming as the Rhode Island native totaled a match-high 12 kills at a .476 clip to go along with five digs and three blocks.  Katie vonKampen (South Setauket, N.Y.) added seven kills, hitting .417, and racked up a match-best four blocks.  Ashley Tanner (Manorville, N.Y.) was outstanding from the end line, ripping a career-high six aces, while classmate Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.) was credited with 24 assists, eight digs, and three aces in leading the Pride to a .315 team hitting percentage.  The Pride limited Maine Maritime to a .000 hitting percentage in the match.

Even at 8-8 in the first set, Springfield manufactured a 6-1 surge, highlighted by a pair of kills from Donnelly, to seize a 14-9 edge.  The Pride's advantage would grow to 20-13 after Demi Spanos (West Harrison, N.Y.) delivered Springfield's first ace of the day before Tanner closed out the frame with a great showing from the end line, ripping a pair of aces, including the set clinching point, to complete a 25-15 win. Springfield hit at a .455 clip in the opener, with Donnelly accounting for five of the Pride's 12 kills. 

Tanner and Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) combined for a stuff block which allowed Springfield to jump out to an 8-2 cushion in the second set, only to have Tanner register three-straight aces to make it a 13-4 contest. The Pride's advantage would balloon to 23-9 after two-straight aces by vonKampen, and after the Mariners strung together four-straight points, Springfield earned the 25-14 win on a service error.  

The Pride carried the momentum into the third, scoring the first six points as Maine Maritime whistled for an early timeout following a big swing from Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.).  The Mariners would begin to find their rhythm and strung together a 13-6 burst to even the set at 19-all.  However, that would be as close as the stanza would get as Springfield scored the final six points of the match, taking advantage of four Mariners miscues, to seal the 25-19 win and the sweep.