NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal
No. 4 Women's Volleyball vs. No. 5 Coast Guard
Tuesday, November 1—7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.
Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the 35th time on Tuesday night in a series that dates back to 1981. The Beavers are 11-23 all-time against the Bears but have won six of the last seven matches going back to 2013.
The Beavers are Bears will meet for the fourth straight NEWMAC Tournament and sixth time overall in the conference playoffs on Tuesday. Babson is 2-3 in its five previous tournament meetings against Coast Guard, which includes wins in the 2014 semifinals and 2015 quarterfinals.
Sophomore Shannon Roseen hit .435 and finished with 13 kills to help the Beavers defeat Coast Guard in three sets, 25-14, 28-26, 25-21, on September 27 in Babson Park. Senior Jenny Karnes added 11 kills and three blocks for the Beavers, while first-year Angelou Dunton finished with 10 kills and four digs for the Bears.
LAST COAST GUARD WIN
Kelsey DePorto led all players with 16 kills and Rebekah Muller added 15 kills and 14 digs as the sixth-seeded Bears upset third-seeded Babson in four sets in a conference tournament quarterfinal on November 5, 2013, in Babson Park. Donahue finished with 15 kills and fellow senior Krissy Robertson contributed 24 assists and 13 digs for the Beavers.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Fifth-seeded Coast Guard (17-11, 6-4 NEWMAC), which is coming off a 3-0 loss to MIT on Saturday, is making its 19th consecutive conference tournament appearance. Dunton is hitting at a .218 clip and averaging 3.26 kills and 2.39 digs per set, while senior Susan West is contributing 2.40 kills and ranks third on the team with 39 service aces. First-year Makenna Martin ranks fourth in the league in assists (8.65), junior Madison Scott is fifth in the NEWMAC in blocks per set (0.82) and classmate Michelle McGill is averaging a team-high 3.34 digs. The Bears failed to advance to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2000 last season.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Fourth-seeded Babson (17-12, 7-3 NEWMAC) is hosting its fourth straight conference tournament quarterfinal and is making its seventh consecutive league playoff appearance. Senior Lorraine Mackiewicz is averaging 2.55 kills, 1.93 digs and ranks six in the NEWMAC in blocks per set (0.81), while Karnes is contributing a career-high 2.45 kills per set. Sophomore Gizem Yilmaz (2.08 k/s, 0.85 b/s) ranks fourth in the conference in blocks and is hitting .303, first-year Elizabeth Cameron is dishing out 8.13 assists and sophomore Abby Beecher is averaging a team-high 4.51 digs.
RUNNING IT BACK
The Beavers, who became the first team to repeat as conference tournament champions since Wellesley in 2002 last fall, is hoping to join the Blue and Wheaton as the only teams in NEWMAC history to win three straight tournament titles.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
Yilmaz recorded a career-high 16 kills to go along with five blocks while hitting .842 in last year's NEWMAC quarterfinal victory over Coast Guard.
COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH
Mackiewicz, who is second in career blocks and needs just four kills to move into fifth place all-time, has amassed 60 kills while hitting .231 in six NEWMAC Tournament matches over the last two seasons.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have won the first set in each of their last six NEWMAC Tournament matches.
The winner of Tuesday's quarterfinal will take on top-seeded MIT in a semifinal match at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Cambridge.
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