NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (23-25, 22-25, 25-23, 20-25) New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) decision to visiting Babson College on Tuesday night in Emerson Gymnasium and in the process fell out of postseason consideration for next week's league tourney.
The Lyons drop to 10-18 overall and 2-6 in the conference, while Babson, which also had its postseason hopes dashed due to Clark University's win tonight, improved to 10-16 and 2-6.
Wheaton freshman Lindsay Tebbetts (Gilmanton, N.H./Gilford) and senior Kaitlyn Stokes (Tewksbury, Mass./Tewksbury Memorial) recorded 12 and 10 kills, respectively, while senior Kristen Hunt (Milford, Conn./Jonathan Law) notched a double-double performance with 33 assists and 19 digs.
Junior Emily Davisson (Carpinteria, Calif./Laguna Blanca School) led the defense with 23 digs, while sophomore Rachel Vergara (Needham, Mass./Needham) contributed 11. Sophomore Olanna Nissim (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) had three service aces.
For Babson, junior Meg Flaherty (Hollis, N.H./Hollis Brookline) paced all hitters with 22 kills in addition to having eight digs. Sophomore Ashley Strangio (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) added eight kills, classmate Kathleen Lynch (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) had a double-double with 40 assists and 18 digs, and freshman Jessica Millman (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) posted a match-best 24 digs.
Eleven ties ensued during the opening set before Babson used a 4-0 stretch to capture a 17-13 lead. The Beavers eventually pushed their lead out to five three times, including at 22-17. Wheaton answered with a 6-2 run to get within 24-23, but the visitors secured set point.
The Lyons jumped out to an 8-3 edge in the second set before Babson went on an 11-5 spurt to take a 14-13 lead. Wheaton knotted the score on three occasions but wasn't able to regain an advantage, as Flaherty's kill gave the Beavers a 2-0 edge.
The Lyons trailed for the better part of the third set before coming back, scoring the contest's final four points to overcome a 23-21 deficit. The hosts carried that momentum into the next set, holding a 15-8 lead before Babson tallied 10 unanswered points and didn't look back. Wheaton managed to make the score 18-all, but the Beavers closed out the match on a 7-2 run.
The Blue and White wraps up its regular season home slate with a non-league match on Thursday against Emmanuel College at 7:00 p.m.