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NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: Women's Volleyball at MIT

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: Women's Volleyball at MIT

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
Women's Volleyball at MIT
Thursday, November 1 | 7 p.m.
Rockwell Cage | Cambridge, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and MIT will meet for the 42nd time on Thursday night in a series that dates back to 1982. The Beavers are 5-36 all-time against the Engineers and have dropped their last four matches in the series.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• Thursday's semifinal will be the ninth conference tournament meeting between Babson and MIT. The Beavers are 2-6 in their previous eight conference playoff matchups but defeated the Engineers in the NEWMAC Tournament final in 2014 and 2015.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Abby Bertics finished with 21 kills and 17 digs to help MIT defeat Babson, 3-1, on October 2 in Cambridge.
• Juniors Alexis Groark and Shea Landeene added 11 and 10 kills, respectively, for the Engineers. Sophomore Allie Puccio had 11 kills and junior Kristin Carosotto led all players with five blocks for the Beavers.

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
• Second-seeded MIT (25-4) reached the conference semifinals for the 30th straight year with a 3-0 win over seventh-seeded Wheaton.
• Bertics hit .357 and put away 19 kills, while Christiana Liao contributed 30 assists and 12 digs for the Engineers, who limited the Lyons to a .017 hitting percentage.
• Bertics is first in the league in kills per set (4.95) and fourth in hitting percentage (.313), Groark is averaging 2.65 kills and Landeene is contributing 1.98 kills and 0.85 blocks per set to go along with a NEWMAC-best .376 hitting percentage.
• Liao leads the conference in assists per set (10.51) and senior Carly Sivernale is recording 4.00 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Third-seeded Babson (21-8) is making its fifth consecutive NEWMAC semifinal appearance after downing sixth-seeded Coast Guard, 3-0, in Tuesday's quarterfinal round.
• Puccio tallied a season-high 23 kills and junior Elizabeth Cameron contributed 40 assists and nine digs for the Beavers, who hit .333 in the victory.
• Puccio ranks sixth in the conference in kills per set (3.33) and sixth in total kills (303), senior Shannon Roseen is averaging 2.38 kills per set, and Carosotto is contributing 2.29 kills and a league-high 1.07 blocks per set.
• Cameron is dishing out 9.26 assists and Beecher is averaging a league-best 4.49 digs per set.

ASSAULT ON THE RECORD BOOKS
• With 23 kills in Tuesday's quarterfinal victory, she joins Meg Flaherty '12 and Mary Donahue '15 as one of just three players in program history to surpass 300 kills in multiple seasons.
• Carosotto's three blocks pushed her into second place on Babson's single-season list with 93 on the year.

DIGGING IN
• First-year Samantha Hardan led the Beavers with 11 digs in Tuesday's win over Coast Guard, while classmate Maddie Malee contributed eight digs.
• Malee recorded a career-high 15 digs in the October meeting against MIT and Hardan added 14, just two short of her season high.

FAMILIAR FOE, FAMILIAR SETTING
• The Green and White will face MIT in the NEWMAC Tournament for the fifth time in the last seven years, and will play their 10th postseason match in Cambridge since 2014 on Tuesday night.
• The Beavers have gone 5-4 in the postseason inside Rockwell Cage, which includes two wins apiece on the way to capturing their 2014 and 2015 NEWMAC titles, and an NCAA Tournament victory over Roger Williams in 2015.

REGIONAL IMPACT
• Babson slipped to sixth in the newest NCAA regional rankings on Wednesday and finds itself behind MIT (fourth) and Wellesley (fifth). 
• The Green and White, which is 20-5 against Division III opponents, has gone 5-4 this season against regionally-ranked foes.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 84-4 going back to 2014 when recording a hitting percentage of .200 or better.

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