SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Endicott women's volleyball team claimed two wins at the Springfield Invitational on Saturday. The Gulls swept Lawrence 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-12), before knocking off Skidmore 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-16, 25-23) to improve to 2-1 on the season.
After a quiet opener offensively on Friday in the setback to Wellesley, the Endicott offense sprang to life on Saturday, as the Gulls hit .289 combined in the two wins. Endicott hit .351 in the sweep of Lawrence before posting a .257 average against Skidmore.
Leading the way for Endicott was senior Emma Mancini (Lynnfield, Mass.) as she posted 32 kills and just five errors on 57 attempts (.474), to go with nine digs and four aces in just six sets of play. Setter Zoey Gifford (Natick, Mass.) finished the day with 81 assists and 15 digs in seven sets played, while libero Mackenzie Kennedy (Andover, Mass.) finished with 39 digs, including 21 in the four set win over Skidmore.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORES
- For her dominant play on Saturday, Emma Mancini was named to the Springfield Invitational All-Tournament team.
- Zoey Gifford's 51 assists in the four set win over Skidmore are one off of her career-best mark of 52 that she set last year in the team's five set win over Tufts.
- Saturday marked the first meeting between Lawrence and Endicott, while the win over Skidmore was the first in three matches vs. the Thoroughbreds for the Gulls.
- Freshmen Colleen McAvoy (Coventry, Conn.) and Amanda Gilbert (Hopkinton, Mass.) played well in their collegiate debuts, finishing with averages of .538 and .278, respectively.
Endicott (2-1) plays host to North Shore foe Salem State on Wednesday night at 7 PM.
(Photo credit - David Le '10)