Springfield, MA - Saunoa Afoa posted a team high 22 kills and Ryan Howdeshell added 13 as Daniel Webster outlasted Sage College, 3-2 to earn a Saturday split after falling to second-ranked Springfield in a regional trimatch.
With the win over the Gators, DWC (15-10) tied the program's all-time win record in a season. The Eagles program posted a 15-13 overall mark in 2013.
Set scores against Sage were 25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 22-25 and 15-8.
DWC survived despite the Gators (13-16) finishing with advantages in all major statistical categories. DWC's key was the fifth set in which the squad combined to hit .500 (11-2-18) while Sage was just .200 (5-2-15).
In DWC's earlier match against the second-ranked Pride, Afoa was the high man with eight kills while Howdeshell picked up seven.
Springfield hit an unconscious .625 (36-6-48) while DWC managed .059. Springfield trailed just twice through the match and won with set scores of 25-12, 25-16, 25-19.
DWC, which remains tied for first in the NECC at 7-1, is off until Tuesday night when they visit Regis for a NECC matchup at 7:00 p.m. and close their regular season next Saturday against Endicott in a NECC matchup at 7:00 p.m.