NCAA Tournament First Round Preview: Women's Volleyball vs. Vassar

NCAA Tournament First Round Preview: Women's Volleyball vs. Vassar

2017 Division III Women's Volleyball Tournament
Potsdam Regional—First Round
Women's Volleyball vs. Vassar
Friday, November 10—5:30 p.m.
Alumni Gym—Potsdam, N.Y.

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THE SERIES
Babson and Vassar will meet for just the third time in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. The Beavers are 1-1 all-time against the Brewers in a series that dates back to 2009.

BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Beavers are making their third NCAA Tournament appearance and are 2-2 all-time after reaching the second round in both 2014 and 2015.

VASSAR IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Brewers are making their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2006. Vassar is 2-5 all-time and advanced to the second round in both 2001 and 2002.

LAST MEETING
Junior Gizem Yilmaz had nine kills and three blocks and Lorraine Mackiewicz '17 added eight kills as Babson defeated Vassar in straight sets, 27-25, 25-12, 25-19, on October 31, 2015, in Waltham. Elizabeth Sullivan '16 led all players with 19 digs and the Beavers hit .228 in the victory. Junior Devan Gallagher finished with a match-high 11 kills for the Brewers.

SCOUTING THE BREWERS
Vassar (22-7) earned an at-large bid following a 3-1 setback to regional-host Clarkson in the Liberty League semifinals last Friday. Gallagher finished with 20 kills and 14 digs and junior Lauren Ninkovich added 15 kills and 11 digs for the Brewers, who hit just .073 in the loss. Gallagher (4.69 k/s, 3.36 d/s) ranks fourth in Division III in kills per set and is hitting .273, while sophomore Jane McLeod is averaging 3.53 kills and hitting .260. Classmate Colette Cambey leads the team in total blocks (64), junior Annie MacMillan ranks 19th nationally in assists per set (10.39), and first-year Anna Zucchero is contributing a team-high 3.81 digs per game. Vassar ranks 38th in Division III in aces per set (2.59) and 45th in hitting percentage (.220).

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (20-9) earned an at-large bid despite suffering a 3-2 loss to Wellesley in the NEWMAC Tournament semifinals last Saturday. First-year Allie Puccio posted career highs of 22 kills and 16 digs and classmate Gaby Miller added 13 kills for the Beavers, who matched their season high with nine total blocks in the match. Puccio is averaging 3.06 kills and 1.50 digs per set, while junior Shannon Roseen is contributing 2.61 kills per set and hitting a team-best .248. Sophomore Kristin Carosotto leads the Green and White with 69 total blocks, sophomore Elizabeth Cameron is dishing out 9.21 assists, and junior Abby Beecher is averaging a team-high 4.16 digs per set. Babson ranks 58th in Division III in aces per set (2.58) and is limiting its foes to a .130 hitting percentage.

COMMON GROUND
The Beavers and Brewers played just four common opponents in 2017, which includes NEWMAC foes Coast Guard and Springfield, as well as Williams and SUNY Geneseo. The Brewers went 5-0 in common matches while the Green and White was 3-2.

NEWMAC HONORS
Cameron, who led all NEWMAC setters in kills and blocks per set, became just the second player in school history to earn back-to-back all-conference first-team accolades on Tuesday. Additionally, Puccio was named to the all-league second team after recording the second most kills by a first-year player in Babson history.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Cameron has dished out a career-high 875 assists this fall and needs just five to pass Erica Yuan's 2001 for fourth place on the program's single-season list. Puccio enters the weekend ranked sixth in points (352.5) and eighth in kills (315), while Beecher's 420 digs are the eighth most in Babson single-season history.

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
The Green and White, which has two players on the roster from the state in Beecher (Pittsford) and Puccio (New Hartford), will play its first match in New York since competing in the NYU Tournament to begin the 2014 campaign.

ABOUT THE REGIONAL
Clarkson, which is hosting an NCAA regional for the fourth time in six years, reached the national quarterfinals in four straight seasons from 2012-15. Fellow Liberty League foe Ithaca and Stevens from the Empire 8 Conference have advanced as far as the national semifinals and quarterfinals, respectively, while Morrisville State is the only program in the eight-team regional that enters the weekend with no NCAA Tournament experience.

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE
Friday's first round winner move on to a second round matchup with either Clarkson or Morrisville State on Saturday at 5 p.m.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 17-3 this season and 2-0 in NCAA Tournament matches when winning the first set.

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