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Resilient Women's Volleyball Takes Down Springfield ; Clinches NEWMAC Championships Berth

Resilient Women's Volleyball Takes Down Springfield ; Clinches NEWMAC Championships Berth

THE BASICS

Score: Emerson 3, Springfield 1

Records: Emerson Lions (18-7, 6-4 NEWMAC) ; Springfield Pride (16-12, 3-7 NEWMAC)

Date: Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym) 

The Lead: The Emerson Women's Volleyball Team took down the Springfield Pride on Saturday afternoon in a Homecoming match, defeating the Pride for the first time ever.  The Lions win clinched them a playoff spot for the first time.  

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Emerson

Grace Tepper - 20 Kills, 9 Digs, 3 Blocks

Carolyn Vaimoso - 11 Kills, 19 Digs, 3 Blocks

Caroline Bond - 43 Assists, 17 Digs, 8 Kills

Springfield

Julia O'Connor - 12 Kills, 6 Digs, 7 Blocks

Katie vonKampen - 12 Kills, 3 Blocks, 1 Dig

Sara Labadorf - 37 Assists, 7 Digs, 2 Blocks

HOW IT HAPPENED

The first seyt saw multiple ties and lead changes, leading to a close set at the end.  The Lions and Pride traded points throughout the set, bringing the score to 21 each late.  Emerson jumped ahead 24-22 before Springfield was able to tie the score at 24.  The Lions won the next two points, closing out the set on a block by Jillian Kay (Capistrano Beach, Calif.) and Carolyn Vaimoso (Torrance, Calif.).

The second set saw Emerson open up with a 7-4 lead behind a kill and service ace from Vaimoso.  Springfield went on a 7-0 run following this, giving them a four poinnt lead of their own at 11-7.  Emerson fought to bring the score within one multiple times, eventually tying the set at 23 all on a Grace Tepper (Kensington, Md.) kill.  Springfield took the next two points and the set 25-23, knotting the score at 1-1.

The third set saw both teams split the first twelve points before Emerson opened up their lead to eight at 1-8, capping off a 5-0 run.  The Lions held their lead and eventually took the set 25-16, winning  four of the last five points, with Kay closing out the set with a kill.

In the fourth set, the teams went back and fouth, with neither team leading by more than four the whole set.  Springfield extended their lead to four at 19-15.  After trading points, Springfield led 20-16 before Emerson went on  a 6-2 run to knot the score at 22. The Lions scored three straight points, capping off an 8-2 run to take the set victory at 25-22 on a Kay kill.  The Liosn took the match 3-1.

UP NEXT

Emerson has clinched a playoff berth for the first time in the NEWMAC.  The Lions will travel to take on the MIT Engineers on Tuesday with a time TBA.