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Lions Fall in Straight Sets to Beavers

Lions Fall in Straight Sets to Beavers

BOSTON - Beavers freshman Allie Puccio (New Hartford, Conn.) finished with a match-high 11 kills, the only player to reach double-digit kills, as the Babson Beavers defeated the Emerson Lions 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-18) on Tuesday evening at Boobi Brown & Steven Plofker Gym on the campus of Emerson College.

The freshman Puccio leads the Beavers in kills this season, now up to 114. Junior Shannon Roseen (Malden, Mass.) and sophomore Kristin Carosotto (East greenwich, R.I.) each added seven kills. Freshman Cassidy Witten (Honolulu, Hawaii) set a career-high with four service aces.

Lions freshman Grace Tepper (Kensingotn, Md.) finished the match with a team-best seven kills. Junior Moira Brennan (Glenview, Ill.) comnpleted the only double-double on the floor with 19 assists and 10 digs. 

The Lions came out firing in the opening set, scoring six of the first seven points to control the match 6-1. However 10 of the next 15 belonged to the Beavers, who tied the match back at 11-11. The Lions would seize momentum momentarily but six straight crutical points went to the Beavers during Witten's service, giving the Beavers a 19-16 advantage. The Lions would cut the deficit to two, but the Beavers held off the surge to win the opening set, 25-21.

It was the Beavers who came out hot in the second, taking a large lead with runs of 7-2 and 8-3, on their way to a 15-5 edge. The Lions fought back to within seven, but the door was shut with a Puccio kill, giving the Beavers the second set, 25-16.

In the final set, Emerson controlled the pace, jumping out to a 9-3 lead thanks to a burst of energy from freshman Albany Alexander (Orlando, Fla.). Much like the first set, the Beavers stormed back with separate runs of 6-0 and 5-0 to lead 14-10. Witten and freshman Gabby Miller (Miami, Fla.) had four service aces in those seperate scoring outbursts. The sides battled for position but the final four points went to the Beavers, who finished the third set with the 25-18 advantage.

The Beavers remain undefeated in the NEWMAC at 3-0 and improve to 9-2 overall. The Lions fall to 0-3 in the NEWMAC and 4-6 overall.

The Lions return to the court on Thursday night against non-conference opponent Brandeis at 7:00 p.m. while the Beavers look to remain perfect in the NEWMAC as they travel to Smith College for a noon match on Saturday.