Springfield, Mass. – Springfield College, who entered the national polls earlier in the day, posted a convincing 3-0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-18) win over visiting Clark University in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) volleyball action on Tuesday evening.
With the win, the Pride improve to 11-0 overall and 3-0 in league play, while the Cougars have now dropped three straight and sit at 4-5 overall and 1-2 in conference action.
Springfield, one of only two teams in New England amongst the top 25 teams in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll, backed up its number 25 ranking with a powerful performance that saw them collect 40 kills and hit .305 for the match.
Clark hung tight in the opening moments of the first game, but with the score tied 4-4, the Pride ran off 17 of the next 22 points to take a commanding 21-9 lead, before settling for a 25-10 win.
The second was more of the same as Springfield led 16-1 at one point following a 15-0 spurt in the middle of the game, eventually registering a 25-9 win.
The Cougars battled in the third, staying close, including ties at 2-2, 4-4 and 8-8, but Springfield went on one of its patented scoring runs, grabbing six of the next eight points to get some breathing room at 14-10. Clark would get closer than four points the rest of the way, as the Pride put the contest away, 25-18.
Lauren Torvi (North Smithfield, R.I.) was a force for Springfield, racking up a match-high 16 kills on a sizzling .842 hitting percentage, while Tessa Smolinski (Hebron, Conn.) added nine kills and seven digs.
Whitney Miller (Cuba, N.Y.) added 25 assists for the Pride, who have now won eight of their 11 matches by 3-0 scores.
Clark will look to return to the win column on Thursday when they step out of conference play to host Roger Williams on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.