BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Lorraine Mackiewicz (Edison, N.J.) tied for match-high honors with 11 kills as fourth-seeded Babson College hit .307 on its way to defeating the fifth-seeded Coast Guard Academy, 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-17), in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's volleyball Tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday night at Staake Gymnasium.
Babson, the two-time defending NEWMAC Tournament champions, is now 18-12 on the year, while Coast Guard closes the year at 17-12.
Senior Jenny Karnes (Houston, Texas) finished with nine kills and nine digs, while sophomore Shannon Roseen (Malden, Mass.) hit .571 and added nine kills and six service aces for the Beavers. Classmate Gizem Yilmaz (Istanbul, Turkey) contributed seven kills and first-year Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) chipped in with six kills and nine digs while leading all players with 31 assists.
Senior Susan West (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) recorded 11 kills and six digs, while junior Emma Saunders (LaGrange, Ill.) hit .412 and finished with seven kills and three blocks for the Bears. First-year Makenna Martin (Granbury, Texas) dished out 23 assists and junior Michelle McGill (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) contributed a team-high 12 digs in the loss.
Coast Guard led by as many as four in the opening set, but the Green and White got five kills apiece from Mackiewicz and Roseen on its way to taking a 1-0 lead. The Bears grabbed another early lead in game two only to see the Beavers rip off an 11-2 run to go up by as many as six. Four different players registered a kill during the spurt, which also included a pair of aces from Roseen to put the hosts in front 16-10. Coast Guard battled back to even the set at 21-21, but Babson responded with kills by Roseen and Mackiewicz, as well as an ace from Cameron to close out the frame.
The Green and White never trailed in the third set, jumping out to a quick 3-0 advantage and pushing its lead to as many as eight at 16-8 on a Bears' attack error. Coast Guard got two consecutive kills from West to pull within 16-13, but Babson responded with seven late kills to close out the match.
The Beavers return to action on Saturday when they take on top-seeded MIT in a NEWMAC semifinal at 1 p.m. in Cambridge.
• Babson is 12-23 all-time against Coast Guard and has won seven of the last eight matches between the teams.
• The Beavers finished the year 8-0 at home and extended their winning streak to 13 matches inside Staake Gymnasium.
• Mackiewicz, who moved into second place on the program's career blocks list last week, now ranks fourth all-time with 891 kills.
• Babson is now 14-1 this season when hitting better than .200 as a team.