Springfield wins NEWMAC title
Pride’s Torvi led attack with 21 kills and eight assists
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Springfield captured the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Championship in five sets against Wellesley College on Sunday afternoon. The Pride earned the title by the scores of 25-19, 25-23, 21-25, 17-25, 15-9.
With the win, Springfield earned the NEWMAC's automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Championship and will find out its fate on the selection show on Monday afternoon. The Pride improved to 31-2 on the season, while the Blue fell to 23-9.
Lauren Torvi was sensational as she produced a match-high 21 kills, hitting .421, to go along with eight blocks and classmate Itza Nieves played an especially gritty match on defense, notching 23 digs. Tessa Smolinski posted 13 kills and 19 digs, while Kim Giaquinto tallied 12 kills, six digs, and five blocks. Molly Giannattasio played the first four sets and handed out 37 assists and picked up nine digs, before Whitney Miller guided the Pride to the five-set win with 12 assists and three digs in the final set and a half.
The Blue were led once again by Isabel Custodio who had a terrific match, tallying 18 kills, 23 assists, and nine digs. Libero Traci Hamanak anchored the visitors defense with a match-high 28 digs, while Sydney Carfagno picked up 13 kills and six digs. Hilary Ayers added 26 assists and eight digs, and Amanda Duritsch posted eight kills and three blocks in the loss.