Springfield, Mass. - October 10, 2009 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team got back on the winning track on Saturday as it defeated cross-town rival Western New England in three games in the 2009 Tom Hay Invitational. The Pride battled to a 25-21, 25-23, 25-7 three-game victory. In its second game of the day, Springfield took down Endicott in four sets with scores of 25-20, 21-25, 25-13, and 25-20.
The two wins give Springfield its 21st victory of the season as the Pride are now 21-3 on the year.
After going 4-0 on the weekend, Plymouth State was crowned the champion of the Tom Hay Invitational.
Springfield's efficient and spread out offense accounted for 50 kills in just three games as it hit .327 against WNEC. All-American Heather Lively had one of her best all-around performances of the season as she tallied a double double with a match-high 14 kills to go along with 14 digs and a pair of aces. Cassie Seymour added a match-high 16 digs to go along with seven kills, while both Lauren Torvi and Bethany Stosz added seven kills. Sarah Lang-Rodean continued her solid weekend as she knocked home 11 kills, hitting .400. Meaghan Hart finished the match with 11 digs and Kelsea Hellyar ran the show to the tune of 44 assists in just three games.
For the visiting Golden Bears, both Samantha Shomo and Rachel Cervone tallied six kills and 10 digs apiece in the loss. Katharina Boew added a pair of blocks to go along with her 18 assists. WNEC was limited to an .091 hitting percentage in the game.
The opening game featured 14 ties and six lead changes as the teams traded points to start the frame. With the score tied at 16-all, SC wen on to score three of the game's next four points as Lively connected on a pair of kills to give SC a 19-17 lead. The Pride's lead grew to as many as four at 23-19 after another Lively kill and the hosts closed out the first game off a kill from Seymour.
WNEC was in control for seemingly the entire second game as it led 23-19 after a Springfield attack error, forcing head coach Joel Dearing to call a timeout. Out of the break, Torvi recorded a solo block, which kick-started a 6-0 game-ending Springfield run, as the Pride rallied to victory. Lively registered a pair of kills in the spurt, while Stosz and Hellyar each tacked on a kill as well.
The Pride went on to cruise in the third game as it raced out to an 8-2 lead after a Seymour kill. Another Stosz kill started Springfield's 9-0 run to end the game and complete the sweep as the hosts took the third stanza, 25-7. The Pride's offense was clicking in the final game, hitting .417, while holding WNEC to a -.185 hitting percentage.
In its final match of the 2009 Tom Hay Invitational, Springfield was led by a balanced attack in defeating Endicott. Stosz hit at an impressive .700 clip, connecting on seven on her 10 attempts. Lively, and Lang-Rodean finished the game with 12 kills a piece, and Hart added 11 digs.
The Pride returns to action on Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm when it plays host to Babson in a NEWMAC contest.
2009 Tom Hay Invitational - Day 2 Results
Springfield 3, WNEC 0 -- 25-21, 25-23, 25-7
Endicott 3, Westfield State 1 -- 25-17, 25-20, 16-25, 25-10
Plymouth State 3, Westfield State 1 -- 23-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-11
Colby Sawyer 1, WNEC 3 -- 25-22, 17-25, 25-17, 25-23
Springfield 3, Endicott 1 -- 25-20, 21-25, 25-13, 25-20
Plymouth State 3, Colby Sawyer 0 -- 25-20, 25-15, 25-12
All Tournamenent Team
Stephanie Bartkus, Westfield State
Katharina Boes, WNEC
Megan White, Colby Sawyer
Steph Wiese, Endicott
Meaghan Hart, Springfield
Brianna Kleckner, Plymouth State