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2017 NCAA Tournament Round of 16 | 3 NCAA Tournaments | 2 Conference Titles

NCAA Tournament Preview: Women's Volleyball Set to Host Babson Park Regional

NCAA Tournament Preview: Women's Volleyball Set to Host Babson Park Regional

2018 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship
Babson Park Regional | November 9-11
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

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THE SETUP
• Babson College will host one of eight NCAA Tournament regionals beginning on Friday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium.
• The winner of the Babson Park Regional will advance to the national quarterfinals as part of championship weekend November 15-17 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• The Beavers will host NCAA Tournament matches for the first time in program history and are one of two teams in the regional along with Johns Hopkins University that advanced to the regional finals in 2017.
• Eastern University (2011) and Wellesley College (1998 and 2011) have both advanced as far as the national semifinals, and own the most NCAA Tournament appearances of the eight programs at the Babson Park Regional with 21 and 13, respectively.
• No. 23 Bowdoin College, the lone ranked team in the regional, owns the nation's fifth longest winning streak at 17 matches.
• The College of Mount Saint Vincent and Worcester State University are both making their second trip to the NCAA Tournament, while the Wentworth Institute of Technology will make its national tournament debut in Friday's first round.

SCOUTING BOWDOIN
NCAA Tournament Appearance: 5th
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2015, national quarterfinals
• The 23rd-ranked Polar Bears (27-1) have won 17 consecutive matches and captured their third NESCAC Tournament championship last Sunday.
• Junior Caroline Flaherty is averaging 3.35 kills and 3.01 digs per set, sophomore Ashley Williams (2.91 k/s) is hitting at a .296 clip, and senior Sydney Salle is contributing 2.22 kills and a team-high 0.78 blocks per set.
• Sophomore Kate Kizer is handing out 10.16 assists per set, while senior Lisa Sheldon ranks 28th in Division III in digs per set (5.68).

SCOUTING WORCESTER STATE
NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2nd
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2017, first round
• The Lancers (23-10) has won eight of its last nine matches and captured its second consecutive MASCAC Tournament championship last Saturday.
• Senior Amari King boasts a .283 hitting percentage to go along with 3.15 kills and 3.42 digs per set, while classmate Emily Carens is averaging 2.84 kills and 2.60 digs.
• First-year Natalie Gillis is contributing 2.33 kills per set, senior Allie Nolan is dishing out 10.02 assists, and classmate Megan Leavens leads the team with 4.89 digs per set.

SCOUTING EASTERN
NCAA Tournament Appearance: 19th
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2017, first round
• The Eagles (25-6) are making their 21st NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 22 years after capturing their 11th consecutive MAC Freedom Tournament crown last Saturday.
• Sophomore Caroline Shelby is averaging 3.50 kills and 2.23 digs per set, senior Sarah Roberts (2.59 k/s) is hitting .344, and classmate Michelle Paulsen is contributing 2.42 kills and ranks sixth in Division III in hitting percentage (.399) and 16th nationally in blocks per set (1.14).
• Junior Morgan Kline is doling out 10.11 assists per set and classmate Cecilia Bauer is averaging a team-high 4.39 digs per game.

SCOUTING JOHNS HOPKINS
NCAA Tournament Appearance: 6th
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2017, regional finalist
• The Blue Jays (21-7) are back in the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row after capturing its sixth Centennial Conference title since 2011 on Sunday.
• Sophomore Simone Bliss is averaging 3.66 kills and 1.48 digs per set, junior Louisa Kishton is contributing 3.05 kills and 3.90 digs, and senior Michelle Abt (2.08 k/s) is second on the team with 45 total blocks.
• Sophomore Nicole Hada is dishing out 9.28 assists per set, while senior Esther Hong is averaging 2.86 digs, which is good for second on the team.

SCOUTING WELLESLEY
NCAA Tournament Appearance: 13th
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2017, first round
• The Blue (20-6) earned its second consecutive at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after coming in fourth in the NEWMAC regular season standings.
• Senior Yasmine Reece (3.54 kills/set) ranks 25th in Division III in blocks per set (1.09) and 28th nationally in hitting percentage (.366), while sophomore Lauren Gedney is averaging 3.38 kills and hitting at a .259 clip.
• Senior Michelle Li is handing out 9.92 assists per set and classmate Samantha Hoang is contributing a team-high 4.37 digs.

SCOUTING WENTWORTH
NCAA Tournament Appearance: 1st
• The Leopards (25-4) are the lone program in the regional making their NCAA Tournament debut after capturing the first CCC Tournament championship in school history last Saturday.
• Junior Leah Rogoz is hitting .285 and averaging 3.99 kills and 3.62 digs per set, while classmate Claire Quick is contributing 2.86 kills and 3.74 digs.
• Juniors Katie Clouse and Maddy Tomastik have combined to average 10.29 assists and classmate Lexie Cambray leads the team with 4.63 digs per set.

SCOUTING BABSON
NCAA Tournament Appearance: 4th
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2017, regional finalist
• The Beavers (23-8) return to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time since 2014 after claiming their third NEWMAC Tournament crown in five years last Saturday.
• Sophomore Allie Puccio is averaging 3.39 kills per set, senior Shannon Roseen is contributing 2.43 kills and junior Kristin Carosotto is putting away 2.26 kills and ranks 28th in Division III in blocks per set (1.07).
• Junior Elizabeth Cameron is dishing out 9.28 assists and senior Abby Beecher leads the Green and White with 4.40 digs per set.

SCOUTING MOUNT SAINT VINCENT
NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2nd
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2015, first round
• The Dolphins (14-16), which dropped nine of 10 matches to start the year, won two of three matches in five sets on the way to clinching their second Skyline Conference championship in four years last Saturday.
• Junior Tara Maloney is averaging 3.06 kills and 2.24 digs per set, while sophomore Samantha Schroeder is putting away 2.70 kills.
• First-year Rianna Rivera is contributing a team-high 0.79 blocks per game and the duo of senior Patsy Sewell and first-year Madison Gale are combining to dole out 8.24 assists.

TICKETS
• Tickets for single sessions are $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students, and $3 for children under 12. All-session passes also are available for $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $7 for children under 12. Babson students and children under two will be admitted free of charge.

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