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Tri-Match Preview: No. 17 Women's Volleyball Looks to Clinch Share of NEWMAC Regular Season Title at Mount Holyoke

Tri-Match Preview: No. 17 Women's Volleyball Looks to Clinch Share of NEWMAC Regular Season Title at Mount Holyoke

No. 17 Women's Volleyball vs. Hunter | Friday, Nov. 1 | 7 p.m. | Staake Gymnasium
No. 17 Women's Volleyball at Mount Holyoke | vs. Sage | Nov. 2 | 11 a.m. | South Hadley, Mass. | Howard Gymnasium

THE SETUP
• No. 17 Babson will close out the regular season with three matches over two days beginning with its home finale against Hunter on Friday night. The Beavers will travel to South Hadley, Mass., to face NEWMAC foe Mount Holyoke and Sage on Saturday.

SERIES HISTORY
vs. Hunter
• The Beavers are 1-0 all-time thanks to a three-set win over the Hawks in 2014.

vs. Mount Holyoke
• The Beavers are 17-16 all-time against Mount Holyoke in a series that dates back to 1988.
• Babson has won eight in a row, all in three sets, and 12 of its last 13 overall against the Lyons dating back to 2006.

vs. Sage
• Babson is 0-1 all-time in the all-time series after suffering a three-set loss to the Gators back in 2003.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 17 Babson (27-1, 8-1 NEWMAC) enters the weekend riding a 16-match winning streak after rallying for a five-set victory over Wellesley on Tuesday night.
• Junior Gaby Miller registered a season-high 16 kills and classmate Allie Puccio added 14 kills and three blocks for the Beavers, who .429 in the decisive fifth set.
• Puccio is averaging 3.51 kills per set to go along with a .275 hitting percentage, first-year Jordan Lapins is contributing 2.48 kills per set, and classmate Laura Zuloaga (2.26 k/s) is hitting a robust .423 on the year.
• Senior Elizabeth Cameron is handing out 9.69 assists per set, while sophomore Maddie Malee leads the team with a 3.22 digs per set average.

SCOUTING THE HAWKS
• Hunter (12-15) wrapped up its fourth straight CUNYAC regular season title with a 3-0 win over Medgar Evers on Tuesday night.
• Three different players finished with seven kills and first-year Beverly Wong totaled 19 assists and five aces for the Hawks, who hit .358 in the match.
• Senior Kylie Hurst is averaging 2.85 kills and 3.07 digs per set, sophomore Mariam Ouattara is contributing 1.98 kills per set, and junior Isabelle Lawrence (1.91 k/s, 0.76 b/s) is hitting .259 on the year.
• Sophomore Justine Smith is dishing out 7.75 assists and junior Sunghee Cho is averaging 4.33 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Mount Holyoke (6-19, 0-9 NEWMAC) snapped a six-match losing streak with a 3-0 win over Fitchburg State on Thursday night.
• First-year Marianne Simon put away 10 kills and senior Sasha Simine hit .636 and finished with eight kills for the Lyons, who registered a season-best hitting percentage (.390) in the victory.
• Simine (2.27 k/s) boasts a .358 hitting percentage, Simon is averaging 2.15 kills and 2.41 digs per set, and sophomore Sarah Bishop is contributing 1.99 kills and 2.52 digs per set.
• Junior Brayden Walden and first-year Alexandra Keough have combined to dish out 7.22 assists, while junior Chelsea Galicia is averaging a team-high 3.01 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE GATORS
• Sage (4-22) has dropped eight consecutive matches and is coming off a 3-2 loss at Alfred last Saturday.
• Sophomore Emma Parkington recorded 15 kills and 11 digs and classmate Francesca Gigliotti chipped in with 20 assists and 15 digs for the Gators, who fell 15-13 in the final set.
• Senior Miranda Nethaway (2.18 k/s) is hitting .225, Parkington is averaging 2.07 kills and 2.84 digs per set, and senior Megan Ryder is contributing 1.62 kills and a team-high 4.15 digs per set.
• The trio of Gigliotti and juniors Courtney Formosa and Brooke Monty are combining to hand out 9.72 assists per set, while first-year Elaina Moisidis is chipping in with 3.14 digs per set.

A SALUTE TO THE SENIORS
• Cameron and fellow seniors Kristin Carosotto, Erica Schwegman and Emily Woodward will play their final regular season home match on Friday night.
• One of the most decorated classes in program history, the group has won 93 matches while capturing a 2018 NEWMAC Tournament championship and making a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.
• The group helped the Beavers reach their first NCAA Tournament regional final in 2017 before advancing to the national quarterfinals last season.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
• Carosotto recorded 10 kills in Tuesday's win over Wellesley to move into eight place on Babson's all-time list with 707 career kills.
• Puccio, who is tied for 10th on the Beavers' single-season list with 309 kills this fall, is one of just two players in program history to record more than 300 kills in three consecutive seasons.
• In addition to becoming the program's all-time assists leader, Cameron is now sixth all-time with 152 service aces and 10th with 208 blocks.

BEAVER BITES
• By virtue of Tuesday's five-set win over Wellesley, the Green and White needs a win over Mount Holyoke on Saturday to claim a share of its first regular season NEWMAC title since 2014 and the top seed in the conference tournament for the first time in program history.
• Babson's 16-match winning streak is its longest in program history.
• The Beavers enter Friday's match needing one more victory to match the program record of 28 set back in 2015.
• The Green and White owns the longest home winning streak in Division III (35 matches) and has won 30 straight contests over non-conference opponents going back to 2015.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 25-0 this season when winning the first set of the match.

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