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NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal Preview: Women's Volleyball vs. Coast Guard

NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal Preview: Women's Volleyball vs. Coast Guard

NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal
Women's Volleyball vs. Coast Guard
Tuesday, October 30 | 7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the 38th time in a series that dates back to 1981. The Beavers are 14-23 all-time against the Bears and have won eight consecutive matches between the programs going back to 2014.

POSTSESAON HISTORY
• Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the fifth time in the last six years and for the seventh time overall in the conference playoffs.
• The Beavers have won three straight tournament matchups and are 3-3 all-time in the postseason against the Bears.

LAST MEETING
• Sophomore Allie Puccio put away a season-high 17 kills while hitting .640 as Babson swept Coast Guard, 25-18, 25-12, 25-16, on September 29 in New London, Conn.
• Junior Elizabeth Cameron contributed 27 assists, six digs and five kills for the Beavers. Sophomore Bridget Boyle had nine kills and junior Angelou Dunton added six kills and five 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 NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal on November 5, 2013, in Babson Park.
• Mary Donahue '15 finished with 15 kills and fellow Krissy Robertson '15 contributed 24 assists and 13 digs for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
• Sixth-seeded Coast Guard (18-11, 5-5 NEWMAC), which is making its 21st straight conference tournament appearance, snapped a three-match skid with a 3-1 win over Wheaton on Saturday.
• Dunton had 14 kills and Amanda Dake added 13 kills and 16 digs for the Bears, who hit .283 as a team over the final three sets.
• Dunton is averaging 2.82 kills and 3.14 digs per set, while Dake is contributing 2.66 kills and 2.62 digs.
• Junior Makenna Martin is averaging 6.92 assists and sophomore Veronica Hine leads the team with 3.87 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Third-seeded Babson (20-8, 8-2 NEWMAC) is making its eighth straight conference tournament appearance and is coming off a 3-0 win over Worcester State on Saturday.
• Puccio had 14 kills, sophomore Gaby Miller added 11 and senior Abby Beecher chipped in with 15 digs and served up three of the Beavers' season-high 11 aces.
• Puccio ranks sixth in the conference in kills per set (3.18), senior Shannon Roseen is averaging 2.32 kills, and junior Kristin Carosotto is contributing 2.29 kills and ranks second in the NEWMAC in blocks (1.07).
• Cameron is dishing out 9.13 assists and Beecher is averaging a league-best 4.55 digs per set.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
• The Green and White has been dominant inside Staake Gymnasium during head coach Eric Neely's eight years at the helm posting an overall mark of 69-10.
• The Beavers have gone unbeaten at home during the regular season three times including this season, and enter Tuesday's match having won 12 straight and 33 of their last 34 matches overall going back to October 2015 inside the friendly confines of Staake Gymnasium.

READY FOR ANOTHER RUN
• Babson, which is currently fourth in the NCAA regional rankings, is hoping to carry over last year's postseason success beginning on Tuesday. Despite a NEWMAC semifinal loss, it reached the NCAA Tournament Potsdam Regional final.
• Puccio averaged 4.00 kills per set, Cameron dished out 10.09 assists and Beecher contributed 6.14 digs per game in five postseason matches in 2017.

RISING UP THE RANKINGS
• Beecher is now second all-time with 1,266 career digs, while Carosotto's 90 total blocks this year are good for the fourth most in single-season program history.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have won the first set in each of their last eight NEWMAC Tournament victories.

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