By Helen Lucas
SPRINGFIELD — After winning the first two sets 25-18 and 25-22 the Springfield College women’s volleyball team, who are now 14-2, stepped out on the court full of energy against the Union Dutchmen. After a block from sophomore Camryn Bancroft gave the Pride a six point lead in the middle of the third set, the Pride’s bench jumped to their feet screaming. On the opposite side of the court the fans in the front row exploded from there seats with both hands in the air cheering.
“Blake arena is the best place to play volleyball. We have such amazing fans and they bring us so much energy and then we feed off that and they feed off the energy we have,” head coach Moira Long said.
After Bancroft’s block and an attack error from Union, the Dutchmen called a timeout. The Pride came out just as strong after the timeout, matching everyone of Union’s points, causing the Dutchmen to call another timeout. Springfield then went on a 6-2 run to finish out the set and take the match, 3-0 on Thursday.
“The last couple times we have gone into the winning set or the decision making set and we have been like ‘oh alright’ and been a little bit passive,” said Long. “We just made this conscious decisions we will come out and put our foot on the gas. We will be aggressive and I thought we did a good job of that.”
After controlling the first set Springfield found themselves down by as many as five points in the middle of second set, forcing Long to call a timeout. Immediately after the timeout the Pride had back to back kills from Bancroft and Hayley Kmetz to cut the their deficit to three. From there Springfield went on a 13-5 run to take the second set.
“It was just a couple of things, serve tough and pass the ball, we hadn’t done that, we had missed three or serves up until that point. We have these things now ‘I will’ like what am I going to do in this moment here,” Long said. “Everybody just focused on that one thing they were going to do and we were able to have a comeback.”
The Pride, who are now 6-0 at home, will be back in Blake Arena Saturday when they take on Wellesley, who like Springfield are unbeaten in conference play.
“Wellesley is tough competition, NEWMAC right now is stacked, there isn’t an easy match in the bunch,” Long said.
Featured photo courtesy of Springfield College Athletics