Springfield College prevailed over Maine Maritime Academy 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-19) in the regional round of the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Tournament.
The sixth seeded Mariners traded points with the No. 3 Pride into the middle of the first set, before Springfield pulled away and took the set 25-15.
Springfield struck early in the second set and got out to a ten point lead at 17-7. The Mariners fought back with some long rallies and a four point run before the Pride pulled it out at 25-14.
Springfield started the third set with six straight points before Maine Maritime called a timeout to regroup and change momentum. The Mariners came out of the timeout and scored their first points of the set before siding out. The match tightened to 5-8 which led to a Springfield timeout. The Mariners closed the gap to two at 13-15, held it close and traded points before a service ace made it 16-17 and forced another Springfield timeout. Maine Maritime tied the score at 19-all and then Springfield took the final six points in a row, after a questionable net violation call on the Mariners, to win the set 25-19, and the match 3-0.
Freshman Rachel Melampy (Duxbury, Mass.) led the attack for the Mariners with nine kills, one assist, three digs and three blocks. Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) provided 18 assists, 2 kills, one ace, five digs and a block, and Alexa Cacacie (Manahawkin, N.J.) chipped in two kills, one ace and one block. Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) had a match-high 11 digs, with two assists and one ace. Avery O'Neal (Burbank, Calif.) had four kills, two digs and a block, and Jessica D'Auria (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) had 4 kills and four digs for the Mariners.
Sara Labradorf had 24 assists, three aces, eight digs and a block for Springfield. Jen Donnelly had a match-high 12 kills to go with five digs and a block, while teammate Ashley Tanner served up six aces and had three kills and a block for the Pride.
The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Champion Mariners conclude their season at 22-7 while Springfield moves to 24-7 and will play Wesleyan at 2:30 pm on Saturday in the second round of the regionals. Wesleyan won their first match 3-1 over Kean to advance to the second round.