No. 18 Engineers Fall to Springfield, 3-1, in NEWMAC Opener

Abby Bertics
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THE BASICS:

- Score: Springfield College 3, No. 18 MIT 1 (25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 30-28)

- Records: No. 18 MIT (8-1, 0-1 NEWMAC); Springfield (8-0, 1-0 NEWMAC)

- Location: Springfield, Mass. (Blake Arena)

- The Lead: In the NEWMAC women's volleyball opener for both teams, Springfield College emerged with a 25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 30-28 victory over nationally-ranked No. 18 MIT on Tuesday night. Senior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) led all players with 24 kills to go along with a .360 hitting performance, 10 digs, and three blocks.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Set 1: Holding an 8-7 lead, Springfield mounted a 9-2 run to create some breathing room. MIT gradually chipped away at the deficit, using back-to-back Bertics kills to come within 23-22. The Pride responded with two kills, thwarting the comeback attempt.

- Set 2: After a back-and-forth start to the set, Springfield rattled off five straight points to claim a 17-12 lead. The Engineers stayed close as a hitting error narrowed the gap to 22-20. The Pride countered with two kills and an ace to secure the win.

- Set 3: MIT jumped out to a 6-2 lead and maintained a small cushion before eventually going up 19-12 on a hitting error. Springfield won the next four points, however, the Engineers put together a 6-2 spurt to close out the set.

- Set 4: The final frame featured 21 ties and eight lead changes. Trailing 21-18, MIT went on a 5-1 burst to reclaim the lead. A kill coupled with a block gave the Pride match point, however, a kill by Bertics set off an exchange of points that moved the score to 28-28. Springfield capitalized on a kill and an ace to capture the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Senior Carly Silvernale (Bellevue, Wash.) collected a match-high 13 digs.

- Senior Carly Staub (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) powered MIT with five blocks, followed by four from junior Shea Landeene (Phoenix, Ariz.) and three by freshman Hannah Grupe (Oakwood, Ohio).

- Senior Christina Liao (Warren, N.J.) totaled 38 assists and nine digs as junior Madison Lee (Hillsborough, Calif.) produced seven digs and two aces.

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues its road trip on Saturday, Sept. 15 when it visits Smith College for a tri-match. The Engineers and Pioneers will square off in NEWMAC tilt at 12:00 p.m. which will be followed by a non-conference match with Simmons University at 2:00 p.m.

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