NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: No. 18 Women's Volleyball vs. Coast Guard

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: No. 18 Women's Volleyball vs. Coast Guard

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
No. 18 Women's Volleyball vs. Coast Guard
Thursday, November 7 | 7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 16-23 all-time against Coast Guard in a series that dates back to 1981.
• The Beavers have won 10 in a row and 11 of their last 12 matches against the Bears since 2013.
• Each of the last six meetings between Babson and Coast Guard have been decided in three sets.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the sixth time in the last seven seasons and the eighth time overall in the conference playoffs.
• The Beavers hold a slim 4-3 edge and have won four straight NEWMAC Tournament contests against the Bears.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Allie Puccio hit .464 and led all players 15 kills as the Beavers defeated Coast Guard in three sets (25-12, 25-21, 26-24) on October 5 in Babson Park.
• First-year Jordan Lapins added 10 kills and senior Elizabeth Cameron contributed 25 assists, six kills and six digs for Babson, which hit .286 in the win.
• Sophomore Amanda Dake recorded 13 kills to pace the Bears.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
• Fifth-seeded Coast Guard (20-9, 6-4 NEWMAC) is making its first conference semifinal appearance since 2014 after knocking off fourth-seeded Wheaton, 3-1, on Tuesday night.
• Dake led all players with 14 kills and 24 digs and first-year Noelle Tursky added 20 assists, 11 kills and 13 digs for the Bears, who hit the 20-win mark for the first time since 2013.
• Dake is averaging 3.10 kills and 2.82 digs per set, senior Angelou Dunton is contributing 2.47 kills and 2.80 digs, and sophomore Mary Sweet ranks sixth in the league in blocks per set (0.76).
• First-year Noelle Tursky and senior Makenna Martin have combined to dish out 10.10 assists per set, while junior Veronica Hine is fourth in the NEWMAC averaging 3.79 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Top-seeded and 18th-ranked Babson (30-1, 9-1 NEWMAC) recorded a three-set win over Sage for its 19th consecutive victory on Saturday.
• The trio of Puccio, Lapins and first-year Laura Zuloaga combined for 21 kills for the Beavers, who are back in the NEWMAC semifinals for the six year in a row and as the top seed for the first time in program history.
• Puccio ranks seventh in the conference in kills per set (3.45), Lapins is averaging 2.48 kills, and Zuloaga (2.36 k/s) is second in the conference with a .432 hitting percentage.
• Cameron ranks fourth in the NEWMAC dishing out 9.60 assists per set, while sophomore Maddie Malee leads the Green and White with 3.33 digs per set.

BEAR HUNTER
• Puccio has been brilliant over her last three matches against Coast Guard totaling 50 kills against just five errors on 90 attack attempts.
• She is averaging 5.56 kills per set and hitting a blistering .556 over the last years against the Bears.

STREAKING BEAVERS
• Babson owns the longest home winning streak in Division III having won 36 straight matches inside Staake Gymnasium.
• The Beavers' 19-match winning streak is the longest in program history and is currently the second longest in Division III behind Johns Hopkins, which has won 27 straight contests.
• The Green and White has won its last eight postseason home matches, a streak that extends back to 2014.

TOURNAMENT TESTED
• The Beavers are 9-3 in conference and NCAA Tournament matches over the last two seasons, which includes capturing the program's third conference title in five seasons last year.
• Cameron is dishing out 10.33 assists and contributing 2.80 digs over the last two postseasons, and Puccio is averaging 4.53 kills while hitting .251.
• Additionally, senior Kristin Carosotto (2.18 k/s, 1.00 b/s) and junior Gaby Miller (2.29 k/s, 0.70 b/s) have chipped in with better than four kills and nearly two blocks per set, while fellow junior Cassidy Witten has averaged 2.51 digs in 12 matches.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 27-0 this season and have won 63 straight matches when hitting better than .200.