Archambault, a product of Torrance, Cal. has been a strong defensive component for the Pride throughout the first half of their season, aiding recently in their shutout 3-0 victory over Framingham State. The junior defenseman also has a pair of goals on the year, one of which came this past Saturday in a close contest against Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Q. As a defensive unit your team has let up no more than two goals in a match, what are some key factors in your success on the defensive side of the ball?
A. Our defense is one of a kind. With myself and Doug as first year players for this team, we have fit in nicely with the backbone of the team. With the leadership of Ryan, Drew, and Billy in the back we have great communication. The best part about our defense is our depth that we have on the bench. Anyone of the players on the bench could come in and perform and that’s what other teams lack.
Q. With big conference games approaching against Babson and MIT, are there any main focuses that you guys are addressing in practice?
A. Just the fact that our communication throughout the team is going to be more crucial than ever. We have the talent to beat any team in Division III so no one on the team is worried about not performing; we just need to make sure the small details are on point.
Kinee, a sophomore on the Springfield College Women’s Volleyball squad had a standout performance at the Tom Hay Invitational hosted in Blake Arena this past Saturday. In the tournament, Kinee posted an impressive 45 digs throughout the four matches, 17 of which were against No.11 Clarkson University leading the Pride to a decisive 3-0 victory, earning Kinee the tournaments Most Valuable Player honors.
Q. What was the most enjoyable part of the Tom Hay Invitational for you?
A. The most enjoyable part of the tournament was beating Clarkson. To us it didn’t matter that they were ranked 11th in the nation. It was more important to us to play together and connect and just play our style of volleyball.
Q. You had a great personal effort in the match against Clarkson, what was working for you?
A. Seeing my teammates give a perfect effort in the Clarkson match made me want to do my job even more. All of the defenders were ready to play relentless defense, which made it easier for the setters to run the offense so that we could finish points. It was a true team effort.