2008 Volleyball Hall of Fame Classic (Day 2)Tournament Website
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (Oct. 25, 2008) - The 2008 Volleyball Hall of Fame Classic concluded today, with Springfield College and Middlebury College winning their respective brackets. A total of 16 teams participated in the 17th edition of the tournament, which was hosted by Smith College and Mount Holyoke College. Prior to the beginning of the event, the teams were ranked based on their results thus far this season. They were then broken up into two eight team brackets. The top eight squads competed in the "Gold Bracket" at Smith, while the next eight played in the "Silver Bracket" at Mount Holyoke.
In the Gold Bracket's championship match, Springfield narrowly defeated Tufts University 3-2 (25-23, 24-26, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11). Leading the way for the Pride was Tournament Most Valuable Player Heather Lively. Wellesley College defeated Amherst 3-2 (25-17, 20-25, 25-20, 29-31, 17-15) to grab third place overall.
Middlebury College cruised to a 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-11) triumph over Gordon College in the Silver Bracket's championship match. The Panthers were paced by Lindsay Patterson, who earned Most Valuable Player honors. In the third place contest, Wheaton College downed Colby College 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-20).
Mount Holyoke College vs. Bridgewater State College
Mount Holyoke met up with Bridgewater State College in its first match of the day. After dropping the first two sets, the Lyons got on the board with a thrilling 30-28 win in the fourth set. They were then edged 32-30 in the fourth set. Bridgewater took the contest by a score of 3-1 (25-17, 25-20, 28-30, 32-20).
The Bears (7-20, 4-1 MASCAC) were led by sophomore outside hitter Julie Clerc, who delivered 12 kills and eight service aces. Classmate Natalie Cohen dished out 37 assists from the outside hitter position, while senior defensive specialist Alexis Corazzini added 23 digs. First year outside hitter Shelly DePina chipped in with 11 kills and two blocks.
Mount Holyoke was paced by senior outside hitter Chelsea Tracy, who amassed 12 kills and eight digs. The Lyons sophomore class made a large contribution as well. Defensive specialist Rosa Marruffo collected five kills, 20 digs and four blocks, while setter Kateryna Kuc recorded 25 assists and two service aces. Libero Kara Neidhardt rounded things out with 22 digs.
Mount Holyoke College vs. Westfield State College
The Lyons rounded out there weekend with a 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-11, 25-16) setback versus Westfield State College. After taking the first set, they dropped the next three and finished in 16th place overall.
Westfield State (12-15, 5-0 MASCAC) was boosted by first year outside hitter Alex Wahl, who racked up 12 kills, three blocks and a pair of service aces. Classmate Kerin DeGirolamo contributed 32 assists from the setter position, while junior libero Katie Kurty added 19 digs. Junior outside hitter Stephanie Bartkus tallied ten kills for the Owls.
Tracy continued her fine play, totaling 16 kills and 17 digs en route to securing her place on the Silver Bracket's All-Tournament Team. It was her fifth double-double of the season. Murruffo registered seven kills and 12 digs, while Kuc and Neidhardt finished with 26 assists and 19 digs, respectively.
Mount Holyoke (4-13, 0-7 NEWMAC) will return to action on Tuesday, when it hosts Smith for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference clash beginning at 1:00 p.m.