Women's Volleyball Stuns Clarkson in Five Sets to Reach First NCAA Tournament Regional Final
BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Allie Puccio (New Hartford, N.Y.) recorded five of her career-high 25 kills in the decisive fifth set as visiting Babson College rallied for a thrilling 3-2 (27-29, 25-21, 31-33, 25-23, 15-12) victory over Clarkson University in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on November 11 in Potsdam, N.Y.
In a match that lasted exactly two-and-a-half hours, the Beavers registered season highs in kills (79), digs (117) and blocks (11) on their way to reaching the NCAA regional finals for the first time in program history. The result also marked just the fifth loss in the last 54 home matches for the Golden Knights.
First-year Gaby Miller (Miami, Fla.) registered career highs of 18 kills and five blocks and junior Shannon Roseen (Malden, Mass.) added a career-best 16 kills for the Green and White. Sophomore Elizabeth Cameron (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) dished out 60 assists to become the program's single-season leader, while junior Abby Beecher (Pittsford, N.Y.) finished with a career-high 45 digs.
After splitting the first two sets, the third featured 19 ties and seven lead changes before Clarkson scored three straight points to go ahead 2-1 with a 33-31 triumph. Puccio, Miller and sophomore Kristin Carosotto (East Greenwich, R.I.) combined for 11 kills and the Beavers erased a 20-18 deficit to force a fifth set.
The Green and White fell behind 2-0 in the final game, but then scored eight of the next 11 points to go in front 8-5 on a kill by Miller. The Golden Knights pulled within 11-11 on a service ace before the Beavers closed out the match with three of the next four points. Puccio recorded a pair of kills, Cameron served up an ace and Miller came through with another kill at match point to help Babson advance.