By: Zach Tolman
The Springfield College women’s volleyball team recorded their 13th win of their exceptional season thus far Tuesday night against Wheaton College in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference showdown in Blake Arena. The victory advances Springfield to 13-1 on the season and 5-1 in conference play.
Springfield took all three sets on the evening by decisive scores of 25-10, 25-16 and 25-20. The maroon and white continued to show rigorous net play to control the court. Numerous contributors stepped up to aid in the Pride’s 10th, 3-0 set score win of the 2013 season.
“We were really aggressive from the baseline serving.” coach Moria Long said. “I thought in the first two sets we really did a good job of being quick with our offense, so that opened things up for us more.”
Senior Lindsay Runge led the attack from the baseline, tallying eight of her team’s 16 service aces.
“I think that we talk a lot about accepting your role and really embracing your job on the team, [and] when everyone does embrace their job is when we click and play great,” Runge said.
Senior captain Tessa Smolinski has fulfilled her role as a senior leader so far this season. She came out firing once again, registering a 6.25 clip and leading her team with 11 kills and 13.5 points.
Freshman Lauren Holt and sophomore Kelsey McGayhey were also big factors, finding each other on multiple occasions. They both showed power and accuracy with seven strong kills apiece.
“Lauren has done a great job; all of our first-years have done a good job,” Long said. “There is a lot of expectation for success. They just continue to compete and that is the premise of our program, to be competing at all times.”
Following the victory, the Pride have a week off before traveling to Clark University in hopes of extending their NEWMAC record to 6-1. The Cougars are 7-9 on the season and 1-4 in NEWMAC contests.