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Match Preview: Women's Volleyball at No. 22 MIT

Match Preview: Women's Volleyball at No. 22 MIT

Women's Volleyball at No. 22 MIT
Tuesday, October 2 | 6 p.m.
Rockwell Cage | Cambridge, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and MIT will meet for the 41st time on Tuesday night in a series that dates back to 1982. The Beavers are just 5-35 all-time against the Engineers but the teams have split their last eight matchups going back to 2013.

LAST MEETING
• Then-No. 17 MIT rallied to win the final two sets on its way to defeating the Beavers, 3-2, on October 3, 2017, in Babson Park.
• Sophomore Allie Puccio led all players with 15 kills and classmate Gaby Miller added 10 kills and 12 digs for Babson.
• Junior Alexis Groark had 11 kills and sophomore Andie Maloney dished out 33 assists for the Engineers.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Alicia Wilde '16 led all players with 12 kills and the fourth-seeded Beavers hit .302 en route to a three-set sweep (25-20, 25-11, 25-22) of top-seeded MIT in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on November 7, 2015, in Cambridge.
• Mary Donahue '16 added nine kills Beavers, while Meghan Gebhard and Lisette Tellez both recorded seven kills apiece for the Engineers.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• No. 22 MIT (14-2, 4-1 NEWMAC) eased past Mount Holyoke 3-0 for its fourth straight win on Friday night.
• First-year Hannah Grupe had eight kills and senior Carly Staub and first-year Nikasha Patel added seven kills apiece for the Engineers, who hit .434 as a team.
• Senior Abby Bertics leads the conference in kills per set (4.33) and is hitting .327, while Groark is contributing 2.21 kills.
• Junior Shea Landeene (1.88 k/s) leads the team with 38 total blocks, senior Christina Liao is third in the league in assists per set (10.04) and classmate Carly Silvernale is averaging 3.44 digs.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (11-4, 5-0 NEWMAC) swept past Coast Guard 3-0 for its fifth straight win on Staurday afternoon.
• Puccio hit .640 and put away a season-high 17 kills, while junior Elizabeth Cameron added five kills, six digs and 27 assists for the Beavers, who hit .366 as a team.
• Puccio is averaging 3.17 kills per set and junior Kristin Carosotto is contributing 2.57 kills and ranks fourth in the NEWMAC in blocks per set (0.95) and sixth in hitting percentage (.348).
• Senior Shannon Roseen is registering 2.21 kills per set, Cameron is dishing out 9.21 assists and senior Abby Beecher ranks second in the league at 4.50 digs per set.

BEAVERS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
• The Green and White ranks 32nd in Division III with its .236 hitting percentage.
• Carosotto is 49th nationally in hitting percentage (.348) and also ranks 57th in blocks per set.

500 CLUB
• Roseen and Puccio became the 17th and 18th players in program history to reach the 500-kill mark during Saturday's victory at Coast Guard.

CONFRENCE PLAY REACHES THE MIDWAY POINT
• As the calendar turns to October, Babson and Springfield are tied for first place at 5-0 in league play. The nationally-ranked Engineers and Wellesley are both just a game behind the Beavers and Pride in the standings at 4-0.
• The Green and White, which is looking to win its first six NEWMAC matches for the first time since 2014, could lock up a conference tournament berth with a victory on Tuesday.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 10-0 this season and have gone 41-1 since the start of 2016 when recording a hitting percentage of .200 or better.

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