By Stephen Monahan
SPRINGFIELD — One look at the scoreboard and the Springfield College women’s volleyball team found themselves down 13-15 in the middle of the second set. After a dominant first set, Springfield came out unusually sluggish and unfocused during the second set, which led to Smith College taking advantage.
With the team underperforming, the Pride regrouped during a timeout and focused back on the values that have brought them success throughout the season. They started to trust each other again, which lead to a 7-0 run led by senior Jen Donnelly who accounted for three of the four kills during the run.
The Pride would not look back as they would go on to win the match in straight sets to improve their record to 15-2 on the season. Coming into the match, the Pride was coming off of a five set thrilling victory over Wellesley College. The Pride looked to continue their home momentum against Smith College.
Springfield took the first set in dominating fashion, by a score of 25-13 after holding Smith to an astounding .000 hitting percentage. The visitors would fight back by holding a 15-13 lead in the second set, while the Pride looked very sluggish and not concentrating on the game.
Jen Donnelly would lead the fight back for Springfield as she would account for three kills in a 7-0 run to take a 19-15 lead for the Pride. Springfield would go on to win the second set 25-19, while only committing one error during the entire set.
The Pride would ride the momentum into a third set victory by a score of 25-16 to take the three set victory over Smith College. As a team, Springfield held Smith to a minuscule .095 hitting percentage, as Smith recorded numerous unforced errors over the course of the game.
“We connected with our setters, who did a good job of running the middle to open things up,” said head coach Moira Long. “Nothing stands out that we did defensively, (Smith) was just making a lot of unforced errors.”
Junior Bridget Walsh led the way for the Pride with 12 kills on a solid .588 hitting percentage.
“A lot of it had to do with my connection with my setter,” said Walsh. “ The trust that we have with each other really clicks which is what happened tonight.”
Springfield will look for their fourth straight home victory when they face off against Mount Holyoke College on Tuesday, at 7pm.
Featured photo courtesy of Springfield College Athletics