Volleyball Downed in Three Sets by Visiting Springfield

Caroline Meyer

Worcester, MA --- Jennifer Hurwitz (Longmeadow, MA) hit an impressive .625 while posting a double-double of 10 kills and 12 digs as visiting Springfield defeated WPI in straight sets in a NEWMAC volleyball contest played Tuesday evening in Harrington Auditorium.  Springfield took the match by set scores of 25-14, 25-10, 25-7. 

Springfield, currently tied for third in the latest New England Women's Volleyball Association Top 15, ups its record to 17-8 on the season and 7-2 in conference play.  WPI slips to 10-16 overall and 1-7 in NEWMAC outings. 

Hurwitz was outstanding as the Pride never trailed in the opening set.  The sophomore outside hitter belted six kills without an error in eight attempts (.750) and led all players with six digs in the opening frame.  Elise Brogan (Andover,MA) took center stage in the middle stanza, scoring on all four of her kill attempts.  Hannah Andres' (West Barnstable, MA) serving keyed a 7-0 Springfield spurt in the final set as SC transformed a 1-1 deadlock into a 8-1 advantage that would not slip below six points the rest of the way. 

For the match Hurwitz collected 10 kills in 16 tries without committing an error.  Brogan finished with a .389 hitting percentage as she ended with 9 kills and 18 errors in 18 attempts.  Lauren Holt (Granby, CT) added six kills and Jamie Schneck (Livengton, NJ) chipped in with four as the Pride hit an outstanding .341 for the match. 

Marnae Mawdsley (Bolton, CT) paced all players with 25 assists for the guests while Megan Kinee (Williamstown, NJ) and Schneck both amassed seven digs and Brogan added a solo block and three block assists. 

Katie Hurlock (Burlington, MA) and Melissa Daigle (Norfolk, MA) combined for seven kills for WPI while Kelly Rathje (Scituate, MA) tallied a team-best seven digs.  Caroline Meyer (Easton, MA) and Emma Sheils (Shirley, MA) split setting duties and doled out eight and six assists respectively.  Adrienne Weishaar (Chester, NH) contributed a pair of kills to go along with two block assists. 

WPI heads to Eastern Connecticut Saturday for a tri-match versus Plymouth State (2pm) and the host Warriors (4pm).  Springfield stays in Western Mass this weekend for the annual Hall of Fame Tournament hosted by Smith and Amherst.