WESTON, Mass. - Elms College senior outside hitter Stacy Croteau (Agawam, Mass.) smashed a team high 10 kills and notched 20 digs, but Regis College's Megan Pratt (Rockland, Mass.) handed out 20 assists and served up three aces to help the Pride to a 3-1 (25-12, 25-14, 23-25, 25-15) win in Tuesday evening's New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball match at Higgins Gymnasium in Weston, Mass.
With the loss Elms falls to 5-12 overall, 0-2 in conference play, while Regis improves to 5-13 on the season and 1-1 in NECC action.
The Pride jumped out to an early 9-2 lead in the opening set and extended that lead to 19-8 after two Pratt service aces. Regis went on to win the frame, 25-12 to take a 1-0 lead.
In set two, the sides posted a 4-4 tie before an 11-4 run put the Pride ahead, 15-8. Elms pulled to within three on a service ace by senior setter Jennifer Rego (Fall River, Mass.) to set the score at 15-12, but a 10-2 Regis run gave the Pride a 2-0 lead in the contest.
Leading 21-18 in third frame, Regis' Caitlyn Walsh (Taunton, Mass.) served back-to-back aces to extend the advantage 23-18, but the Blazers rallied with a 7-0 run on the strength of three Croteau kills, and two from junior outside hitter Christina Martin (Chicopee, Mass.) to prevent the sweep and give Elms a 25-23 set four victory.
The Pride opened the fourth stanza with an 11-8 lead before sealing the set with a 9-2 run that led to an eventual 25-15 victory.
Martin finished with eight kills, two behind Croteau's team-leading 10, while Rego contributed a match-high 21 assists. Freshman libero Caitlyn Larvey (Greenfield, Mass.), Rego and Martin each notched 15 digs in the losing effort.
Regis was led by Pratt who collected 20 assists, 11 digs, and three service aces, while Julie Endara (Boca Raton, Fla.) tallied 10 kills and 22 digs.
Domingas Gomes (Brockton, Mass.) chipped in 11 kills and 16 digs, while Sara Gold (Methuen, Mass.) added 16 digs to help seal the victory.
Elms returns to action in a non-conference game on Thursday, Oct. 6 against St. Joseph College (Conn.) at 7:00 p.m. at Picknelly Arena.