Williamstown, Mass. - November 15, 2013 - Senior Tessa Smolinski (Hebron, Conn.) pounded 14 kills at a .619 clip and chipped in 12 digs to power the Springfield College women's volleyball team to a three-game sweep of Baruch in the NCAA Division III Championship Regional Quarterfinals on Friday evening. Set scores were 25-18, 25-8, 27-25.

Springfield now advances to the NCAA Championship Regional Semifinals for the fourth-straight season and will play the winner of the Williams/Southern Vermont quarterfinal. The Pride are now 26-5 on the season.

The Pride, which entered the match with the nation's second-best team hitting percentage, hit .424 on the night as Whitney Miller (Cuba, N.Y.) handed out 35 helpers. Smolinski was dominant from the pin with her double-double, while Kelsey McGayhey (Shelter Island, N.Y.) recorded nine kills while hitting .667 in two sets of action.

Both Daniella Crismani (San Francisco, Calif.), and Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) added eight kills, and Amy Entel (Berkley, Mass.) led all players with 17 digs.

For Baruch, Rebecca Peralta had a team-best nine kills, while both Michelle Stommes and Sydney Parks had eight kills. Crystle Dela Cruz registered 26 assists and 14 digs for the Bearcats, which hit .143 for the contest.

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Williamstown, Mass. - November 15, 2013 - Senior Tessa Smolinski (Hebron, Conn.) pounded 14 kills at a .619 clip and chipped in 12 digs to power the Springfield College women's volleyball team to a three-game sweep of Baruch in the NCAA Division III Championship Regional Quarterfinals on Friday evening. Set scores were 25-18, 25-8, 27-25.

Springfield now advances to the NCAA Championship Regional Semifinals for the fourth-straight season and will play the winner of the Williams/Southern Vermont quarterfinal. The Pride are now 26-5 on the season.

The Pride, which entered the match with the nation's second-best team hitting percentage, hit .424 on the night as Whitney Miller (Cuba, N.Y.) handed out 35 helpers. Smolinski was dominant from the pin with her double-double, while Kelsey McGayhey (Shelter Island, N.Y.) recorded nine kills while hitting .667 in two sets of action.

Both Daniella Crismani (San Francisco, Calif.), and Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) added eight kills, and Amy Entel (Berkley, Mass.) led all players with 17 digs.

For Baruch, Rebecca Peralta had a team-best nine kills, while both Michelle Stommes and Sydney Parks had eight kills. Crystle Dela Cruz registered 26 assists and 14 digs for the Bearcats, which hit .143 for the contest.

- See more at: http://www3.spfldcol.edu/homepage/athletics.nsf/Headline/454799C1070CFA5B85257C24007C01EC#sthash.csUz3rzl.dpuf

Williamstown, Mass. - November 15, 2013 - Senior Tessa Smolinski (Hebron, Conn.) pounded 14 kills at a .619 clip and chipped in 12 digs to power the Springfield College women's volleyball team to a three-game sweep of Baruch in the NCAA Division III Championship Regional Quarterfinals on Friday evening. Set scores were 25-18, 25-8, 27-25.

Springfield now advances to the NCAA Championship Regional Semifinals for the fourth-straight season and will play the winner of the Williams/Southern Vermont quarterfinal. The Pride are now 26-5 on the season.

The Pride, which entered the match with the nation's second-best team hitting percentage, hit .424 on the night as Whitney Miller (Cuba, N.Y.) handed out 35 helpers. Smolinski was dominant from the pin with her double-double, while Kelsey McGayhey (Shelter Island, N.Y.) recorded nine kills while hitting .667 in two sets of action.

Both Daniella Crismani (San Francisco, Calif.), and Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) added eight kills, and Amy Entel (Berkley, Mass.) led all players with 17 digs.

For Baruch, Rebecca Peralta had a team-best nine kills, while both Michelle Stommes and Sydney Parks had eight kills. Crystle Dela Cruz registered 26 assists and 14 digs for the Bearcats, which hit .143 for the contest.

- See more at: http://www3.spfldcol.edu/homepage/athletics.nsf/Headline/454799C1070CFA5B85257C24007C01EC#sthash.csUz3rzl.dpuf

Williamstown, Mass. - November 15, 2013 - Senior Tessa Smolinski (Hebron, Conn.) pounded 14 kills at a .619 clip and chipped in 12 digs to power the Springfield College women's volleyball team to a three-game sweep of Baruch in the NCAA Division III Championship Regional Quarterfinals on Friday evening. Set scores were 25-18, 25-8, 27-25.

Springfield now advances to the NCAA Championship Regional Semifinals for the fourth-straight season and will play the winner of the Williams/Southern Vermont quarterfinal. The Pride are now 26-5 on the season.

The Pride, which entered the match with the nation's second-best team hitting percentage, hit .424 on the night as Whitney Miller (Cuba, N.Y.) handed out 35 helpers. Smolinski was dominant from the pin with her double-double, while Kelsey McGayhey (Shelter Island, N.Y.) recorded nine kills while hitting .667 in two sets of action.

Both Daniella Crismani (San Francisco, Calif.), and Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) added eight kills, and Amy Entel (Berkley, Mass.) led all players with 17 digs.

For Baruch, Rebecca Peralta had a team-best nine kills, while both Michelle Stommes and Sydney Parks had eight kills. Crystle Dela Cruz registered 26 assists and 14 digs for the Bearcats, which hit .143 for the contest.

- See more at: http://www3.spfldcol.edu/homepage/athletics.nsf/Headline/454799C1070CFA5B85257C24007C01EC#sthash.csUz3rzl.dpuf

ATLANTA -- Berry moved into the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship following a 3-0 victory against Washington & Lee on Friday at the Atlanta Regional hosted by Emory. The Vikings saw their record move to 26-7 following a 25-21, 25-23, 27-25 triumph against the Generals, who finished off their campaign at 28-7.

"I am really proud of this team's composure [Friday]," Berry head coach Mika Robinson said. "Washington & Lee did a great job of putting pressure on us with their serve, but we stayed aggressive and patient."

In a highly entertaining affair, Berry hit .271 (47-15 -- 118) compared to W&L's effort of .231 (43-15 --121). The Vikings posted a slim 54-51 edge in digs and a 5-3 advantage in blocks.

Berry sophomore Emily Stromberg led the team and tied for match honors with 12 kills and added 11 digs while junior Anna Keappler was the other Viking to post double figures in that department with 10 terminations while chipping in with a team-high 12 digs. Sophomore Katie O'Rourke totaled nine successful attack attempts and hit .421 (9-1 -- 19) on the evening. 

After winning a closely played first set, Berry saw W&L score seven of the second set's first eight points. A kill by Stromberg drew Berry to within a 10-6 deficit, but Washington & Lee used a 5-2 run to balloon its lead to 15-8. Two kills by O'Rourke highlighted a 5-1 Viking spurt that cut the deficit to three points, 16-13, and after W&L scored the next point, Berry rattled four unanswered points to knot the set at 17. The Generals went up by a 22-21 count following a Berry attack error, but a kill by Sarah Steffan, an ace by Stephanie Steele and a kill by Keappler gave Berry a 24-22 lead. After a W&L kill, Berry captured the game on a miscue by the Generals.
 

The third set was a nip-and-tuck battle with the largest lead by either team being three points. A kill by Gretchen Kaufman put Berry one point away from clinching the match but Allision Rouse kept the Generals alive with her team-high 12th termination of the match. After the teams traded points, kills by Kaufman and O'Rourke sealed the win for Berry.

The Vikings will meet host Emory at 4 p.m. ET Saturday.