Springfield, Mass. - September 17, 2013 - Tessa Smolinski (Hebron, Conn.) registered 18 kills at a .395 clip to power the Springfield College women's volleyball team to a four-set win over Coast Guard in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action in Blake Arena Tuesday evening.
The Pride won by the set scores of 25-18, 22-25, 25-15, 25-17 to improve to 9-0 on the season. The loss snaps Coast Guard's six-match winning streak as the Bears drop to 6-3.
Smolinski was one of four Springfield players with double digit kills, and one of three who recorded double-doubles as she added 11 digs to her 18 kills. Whitney Miller (Cuba, N.Y.) directed the offense with 44 assists and 13 digs, while Elise Brogan (Andover, Mass.) was especially effective in the middle with 11 kills hitting .588. Fellow middle Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) chipped in 13 kills and three blocks and Daniella Crismani (San Francisco, Calif) notched 10 kills and 11 digs. Defensively, Meghan Kinee (Williamstown, N.J.) continued to shine with a match-high 22 digs.
For the Bears, Kelsey DePorto (Frankfort, Ill.) had a strong match out of the middle for the Bears, recording a match-high 20 kills. Samantha Marmolejo (El Paso, Texas) was solid all night for Coast Guard, posting 18 digs, and Maggie Hine (Richmond, Va.) was credited with 33 assists. Rebekah Muller (Denair, Calif) chipped in seven kills on the night.
As a team, Springfield hit .284, while the Bears combined to hit .134. Springfield owned a 74-55 advantage in digs, and had seven team blocks to the visitors four.
After a sluggish first two sets, Springfield came alive in the third set, pounding out six kills in their first six swings to regain the momentum. In the final two sets, the Pride hit .444 and .417, totaling 33 kills and just six errors. Entering the match, the Pride's .290 team hitting percentage ranked 11th in the country out of over 400 women's volleyball programs.
The Pride will continue league play this Saturday when it heads back to Cambridge to square off with MIT at 1:00 pm.