By Stephen Monahan
SPRINGFIELD — With assistant coach Jaidyn Blanchfield taking over coaching duties for the game, members of the Springfield College Women’s Volleyball team knew that they had to step up in head coach Moira Long’s absence.
With the scoreboard reading 16-7 for the Pride in the first set, sophomore Camryn Bancroft knew it was her time to step up for the team.
Bancroft would rise up to blast one through the center of the Westfield defense.
She would continue to fire away at Westfield defenders, as Bancroft would go on a streak of five kills, all her own.
The Pride would use the momentum from Bancroft’s streak to win the match in straight sets to improve their record to 17-2.
“We kept everything the exact same as much as possible,” said Blanchfield. “Lucky enough they hear our voices during timeouts and during the match, so they heard familiar voices tonight which helped.”
Springfield cruised through the first set 25-13, through having a .405 hitting percentage while only committing two errors.
Westfield State fought back in the second set by were held to a .057 hitting percentage, as the Pride took the set, 25-19.
Springfield’s defense shined in the third set as they held Westfield to a -.120 hitting percentage. Westfield State would go on to commit 9 errors in the set, leading to the Pride taking the set 25-14, and the match overall.
Jen Donnelly led the charge for Springfield with 9 kills.
The Pride featured a spread offense, as 8 members had at least 3 kills during the match.
The Springfield defense stood out during the match as they held Westfield State to a miniscule overall hitting percentage of .011.
“We try to run the middle as much as possible to open up the seams,” said Blanchfield. “Blocking wise, we kept it simple, which got (Westfield) out of system. (Westfield) kept hitting (the ball) to the pins, which made our jobs easier.”
Springfield will look to finish off their homestand strong when they take on Mount Holyoke College at 7pm on Tuesday.
Featured photo courtesy of Springfield College Athletics