2018 NCAA Division III Championship
Women's Volleyball vs. No. 14 Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Thursday, November 15 | 3 p.m.
AJ Palumbo Center | Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Babson and Wisconsin-Eau Claire will meet for the first time on Thursday in a Division III Tournament quarterfinal match.
BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The Beavers are making their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance, all of which have come since 2014, and have advanced to the Elite 8 for the first time in school history.
• Babson is 7-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, has won at least one match in each appearance, and is one of six programs to advance at least as far as the regional finals in each of the last two seasons.
WISCONSIN-EAU CLAIRE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The Blugoalds are in the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time in program history and will make their first national quarterfinal appearance in school history on Thursday.
• Wisconsin-Eau Claire are 17-16 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and had lost in the regional final three times prior to Sunday's win.
SCOUTING THE BLUEGOLDS
HOW THEY GOT HERE: def. St. Thomas (Minn.), 3-0 (first round), def. No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 3-1 (second round), def. Saint Benedict (Minn.), 3-1 (regional final)
• No. 14 Wisconsin-Eau Claire (32-3) has won four straight matches after defeating Saint Benedict in its first regional final appearance since 2006 on Sunday.
• Senior Madelyn Pashibin hit .409 and recorded 19 kills, while first-year Arianna Barrett added 18 kills and three blocks for the Blugolds, who rallied to win the final three sets.
• Pashibin (3.91 kills/set) is hitting .328 on the year, Barnett is putting away 2.69 kills and sophomore Makenzie Bachmann is averaging 2.52 kills and 3.15 digs per set.
• Senior Madison Surprise is dishing out 11.40 assists and sophomore Taylor Scalia is averaging a team-high 4.59 digs per set.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
HOW THEY GOT HERE: def. Mount Saint Vincent, 3-0 (first round), def. Wellesley, 3-0 (second round), def. No. 23 Bowdoin, 3-0 (regional final)
• Babson (26-8) has won a season-high eight straight matches after sweeping Bowdoin to cap an undefeated season at home on Sunday afternoon.
• Sophomore Allie Puccio finished with 17 kills and three blocks, junior Elizabeth Cameron recorded 32 assists and 12 digs, and senior Abby Beecher added 22 assists and five service aces for the Beavers.
• Puccio is averaging 3.53 kills per set, senior Shannon Roseen is contributing 2.41 kills, and junior Kristin Carosotto is putting away 2.25 kills and ranks 29th in Division III in blocks per set (1.07).
• Cameron is dishing out 9.43 assists and Beecher is averaging a team-high 4.50 digs per set.
ALL-AMERICA HONORS FOR BABSON TRIO
• Beecher, Cameron and Puccio all picked up AVCA All-America honorable mention honors from the AVCA on Tuesday. The award was the second in a row for Cameron, while Beecher and Puccio were both honored for the first time.
• All three players were named to the All-NEWMAC first team and AVCA All-New England teams last week.
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
• The only player to record more than 1,000 assists in two separate seasons, Cameron broke her own school record with 32 assists in Sunday's win over Bowdoin. She now has 1,018 on the year.
RAISING HER GAME IN THE POSTSEASON
• Puccio, who was selected as the Babson Park Regional Most Outstanding Player, boasts a .339 hitting percentage and has averaged 5.05 kills per set in six postseason matches this fall.
• In six career NCAA Tournament matches, she is putting away 4.32 kills per set while hitting at a .289 clip.
• The Beavers are making their first NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearance in school history and will face their first program from outside the New England and East regions in Division III championship play on Thursday.
• Babson will also be the first opponent east of Illinois in NCAA Tournament play for the Blugolds.
KEYSTONE STATE CONNECTIONS
• Thursday's match will be the first played in the state of Pennsylvania for Babson.
• The Beavers' lone Pennsylvania native is senior defensive specialist Lauren Hennigan, who hails from West Chester.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
• The winner of Thursday's quarterfinal tilt will face either top-ranked Calvin or Aurora in a national semifinal on Friday at 5 p.m.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 19-0 this season and have won 50 of their last 51 matches going back to 2016 when hitting at a .200 clip or better.