Women's Volleyball Falls to Springfield, 3-1, in Second Round of NCAA Tournament

Women's Volleyball Falls to Springfield, 3-1, in Second Round of NCAA Tournament

THE BASICS:

- Score: Springfield College 3, MIT 1 (25-22, 15-25, 25-17, 26-24)

- Records: MIT (29-5); Springfield (29-5)

- Location: Medford, Mass. (Cousens Gymnasium)

- The Lead: Despite a late rally, the MIT women's volleyball team fell to Springfield College, 25-22, 15-25, 25-17, 26-24, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon. At the conclusion of the weekend, the NCAA announced its All-Tournament Team for the Medford, Massachusetts regional with senior Megan Gebhard (Howell, Mich.) representing the Engineers for the third in year in a row.

- Post-Match Press Conference

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Gebhard powered the Engineers with 15 kills while junior Lisette Tellez (Miami, Fla.) registered 11 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) posted eight kills, followed by seven kills and three blocks from junior Alli Davanzo (St. Johns, Fla.). Senior Tori Wuthrich (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) racked up 23 digs as junior Clare Farley (La Jolla, Calif.) earned three aces. Sophomore Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) tallied 39 assists and 11 digs.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT inched out to a 5-2 lead in the opening set but Springfield replied with an 8-2 run to go ahead for good. The Engineers closed the gap to 14-12 on a block by sophomore Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) and Tellez; however, the Pride increased its lead to 23-16. MIT countered with a 5-1 spurt that fought off three set points. The comeback bid was denied courtesy of a kill by Kayleigh Helgesen.

- Springfield built an 8-4 advantage in the second stanza but the Cardinal and Gray mounted a 21-7 run to capture a 25-15 victory.

- The third set was closely played as there were 10 ties and four lead changes. Trailing 14-13, a kill by the Pride's Lauren Holt sparked a 12-3 set-ending run.

- Springfield rattled off six straight points to go up 10-5 in the fourth frame but MIT continued to attack, narrowing the deficit to 14-13 on Gebhard's kill. An exchange of points ensued until a block gave the Pride a 20-17 edge. The back and forth scoring resumed as a kill from Helgesen resulted in match point. A hitting error kept the Engineers alive while a Farley ace and a Bertics kill knotted the score at 24. The late rally was stopped by another Helgesen kill and an ace from Hayley Kmetz.

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