Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Springfield

Springfield, MA - In tonight's second semifinal, the host team, Springfield College, took down its second straight team from the NESCAC conference, this time defeating #1-seed Amherst, three sets to none. Set scores for #5-seeded Springfield were 25-13, 25-18, 25-20.

Last night, SC took down #4-seeded Tufts in the quarterfinals, also by a 3-0 score.

The Pride tonight were led by NEWMAC Conference Player of the Year Sarah Lang-Rodean, a middle blocker from Mansfield Center, Connecticut. Lang-Rodean finished with 19 kills and had just three errors in 33 swings. She hit .485.

When asked if tonight's match began and ended with the play of Lang-Rodean, Springfield Head Coach Joel Dearing said, "It certainly began with Sarah. She had eight kills in game #1 all by herself. But we had some others who came alive after that, especially Heather Lively.

"Heather was such a force at the net," said Dearing, "both attacking and blocking. But at the end of the day, we had some very good efforts with an aggresive style of offense, and a gritty effort defensively." Lively finished with nine kills and hit .250. Tessa Smolinski (Hebron, Conn.) had seven kills, Lauren Torvi (North Smithfield, R.I.) six, and Kim Giaquinto (Massapequa, N.Y.) six. Giaquinto hit .357, Torvi .267.

For Amherst, junior Cristy Meier (San Anselmo, Calif.) led with 13 kills and hit .323. She was the only Lord Jeff to register double figures in kills. Sophomore Abigail Hunter (Kentfield, Calif.) was next with four kills. Sophomore setter Callie Neilson (Escondido, Calif.) and senior defensive specialist Rachel York (Los Angeles, Calif.) each had a team-high 12 digs.

Springfield will play UMass-Boston Sunday at 4 pm in Blake Arena for the Regional Championship and the right to travel to St. Louis for the nationals.