Women's Volleyball

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

NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview: Women's Volleyball vs. Wellesley

NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview: Women's Volleyball vs. Wellesley

NCAA Division III Championship
Babson Park Regional | Second Round
Women's Volleyball vs. Wellesley
Saturday, November 10 | 5 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson and Wellesley will meet for the second time this season and 41st time overall on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1980. The Beavers are just 6-34 all-time against the Blue but have won four of the last six matches between the programs.

LAST MEETING
• Sophomore Lauren Gedney tallied 22 kills and senior Yasmine Reece added 13 to help the Blue outlast Babson in five sets (18-25, 25-15, 28-26, 23-25, 15-10) on October 23 in Wellesley.
• Sophomore Allie Puccio had 15 kills and junior Elizabeth Cameron contributed 40 assists and eight digs for the Beavers. Senior Michelle Li led all players with 50 assists for Wellesley.

BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The Beavers are making their fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2014 and have now advanced to the second round in all four appearances.
• The Green and White defeated Vassar and Clarkson before losing to Ithaca in the Potsdam Regional Final last season.

WELLESLEY IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The Blue is making its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance and second in a row after losing to Wesleyan in the first round last year.
• Wellesley has advanced as far as the national semifinals on two occasions, the last coming in 2001.

SCOUTING THE BLUE
• Wellesley (21-7) reached Saturday's second round with a 3-0 win over Wentworth on Friday night.
• Reece finished with 12 kills and Gedney and sophomore Nikki Jensen added nine and seven kills, respectively, for the Blue, which hit .739 in the opening set and .313 for the match.
• Reece (3.54 kills/set) ranks 25th in Division III in blocks per set (1.09) and 28th nationally in hitting percentage (.366), while Gedney is averaging 3.38 kills and hitting at a .259 clip.
• Li is handing out 9.92 assists per set and classmate Samantha Hoang is contributing a team-high 4.37 digs.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (23-8) extended its winning streak to six with a three-set win over Mount Saint Vincent on Friday night.
• Puccio tallied 14 kills, Cameron dished out 32 assists and senior Abby Beecher led all players with 14 digs for the Beavers, who hit .263 in the final stanza.
• 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).
• Cameron is dishing out 9.28 assists and Beecher leads the Green and White with 4.40 digs per set.

NEWMAC RIVALS ON THE NATIONAL STAGE
• Separated by just two miles, Babson and Wellesley will meet for the first time in the NCAA Tournament.
• The Blue have defeated the Beavers in all six of their conference playoff matchups, including a five-set NEWMAC Tournament decision last November.

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
• The Green and White is 12-0 at home this season and has won 16 straight and 35 of its last 36 matches inside the friendly confines of Staake Gymnasium going back to 2015.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
• With 14 more kills on Friday Puccio is now fifth on Babson's single-season list with 350 this season. She needs five to catch Mary Donahue '16 for fourth place and 15 to match last season's total of 365.
• Cameron now holds the top two spots on the program's single-season assist chart as she passed Kathleen Lynch '13 for second place in Friday's victory. Her 949 assists this year are second only to last year's 1,004 dimes.

HONORS KEEP ROLLING IN
• Just days after Beecher, Cameron and Puccio were named to the All-NEWMAC first team, all three players received AVCA All-New England accolades.
• Carosotto, who set the program's single-season blocks record in the conference tournament final win over Springfield, also picked up honorable mention all-region recognition for the AVCA.

WHAT'S UP NEXT
• The winner of Saturday's match will advance to face either 23rd-ranked Bowdoin or Johns Hopkins in Sunday's regional final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 24-2 this season when winning the first set.

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