In the final home game of the season the Pride women’s volleyball lost to Wheaton 3-0 to fall to 4-5 in NEWMAC play and 14-12 overall. Springfield, who is coming off a tough weekend battling some of the best teams in New England, have dropped the past seven games of the season.
With two of Springfield’s players, Katie vonKampen and Hayley Kmetz injured, head coach Moira Long has had to switch around the Pride’s lineup; which now has freshman Camryn Bancroft and Kait Bonsignore starting. Both Bancroft and Bonsignore each assisted in one block in the match while Bancroft also had one solo block. Bonsignore and Bancroft each added in two kills to the Pride’s performance.
Springfield started out the first set strong and only trailed the Lyons 7-8. After Wheaton was able to rattle off four straight points the Pride called a timeout and scored the next three points. After Wheaton extended its lead to 18-14, the Pride once again called a timeout and were able to pull within one while the Lyons still led 21-20. After back to back points and a Springfield error, Wheaton was able to take the first set 25-22.
In the second set Wheaton scored the first four points until an attack error from the Lyons gave Springfield their first point. The Lyons controlled the second set as they held the Pride to just 10 points, with six of Springfield’s points coming off of Wheaton service errors or attack errors.
In the third set the Pride held a 3-5 lead over the Lyons until Wheaton scored back to back points to tie it up at five apiece. Wheaton was able to tie it up four more times in the third set before taking a 15-14 lead. Springfield called their final timeout of the set while the Lyons had a 19-15 lead, but Wheaton was still able to take the third and final set 25-20.
“Wheaton is a very solid team. They are very prepared, they play outstanding defense and ultimately they just want to outdig you,” said Long the day before the game.
Springfield will look to bounce back on Saturday at Emerson who is 3-5 in conference play. The Pride is No. 7 while Emerson is No. 8 in the conference.