NEWMAC Tournament Final
No. 18 Women's Volleyball vs. Emerson
Saturday, November 9 | 2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.
• Babson is 8-3 all-time against Emerson in a series that dates back to 2009.
• The Beavers have won five of the last six matches between the teams but suffered their only loss of the season in four sets to the Lions back in September.
• Babson and Emerson will meet in the postseason for the first time with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line on Saturday.
• Junior Albany Alexander finished with 11 kills and four blocks and classmate Grace Tepper added 10 kills and 19 digs as Emerson defeated Babson in four sets (26-24, 15-25, 25-21, 25-23) on September 24 in Boston.
• First-year Caroline Bond dished out 45 assists and classmate Jillian Kay added nine kills and a match-high seven blocks for the Lions, who had six players recorded double-digit digs.
• Junior Allie Puccio led all players with 19 kills and senior Elizabeth Cameron finished with 41 assists and 16 digs for the Beavers.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
• Sixth-seeded Emerson (20-7, 6-4 NEWMAC), which is making its first NEWMAC Tournament appearance, rallied from two sets down for a 3-2 win at second-seeded Wellesley on Thursday night.
• Tepper led all players with 20 kills, Alexander added 14 kills and Bond chipped in with 52 assists and 21 digs for the Lions, who snapped the Blue's 25-match home winning streak.
• Tepper leads the NEWMAC in kills per set (4.29), Alexander is averaging 2.06 kills, and Kay (1.70 k/s, 0.84 b/s) ranks fourth in the league in blocks.
• Bond is fourth in the conference in assists per set (9.44) and first-year Anna Phillips is averaging a team-high 3.47 digs.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 18 Babson (31-1, 9-1 NEWMAC) advanced to the conference tournament final for the fourth time in six years with a 3-0 victory over fifth-seeded Coast Guard on Thursday.
• First-year Jordan Lapins hit .450 and recorded 10 kills and junior Cassidy Witten finished with 11 digs and five service aces for the Beavers, who hit .242 as a team against the Bears.
• Puccio ranks seventh in the NEWMAC in kills per set (3.41), Lapins is averaging 2.51 kills and first-year Laura Zuloaga (2.33 k/s) is second in the conference with a .426 hitting percentage.
• Cameron ranks third in the league in assists per set (9.60) and sophomore Maddie Malee leads the Green and White with a 3.33 digs per set average.
REDEMPTION TO REPEAT
• A victory on Saturday over Emerson would avenge the Beavers' lone loss of the season and give the program a second consecutive conference tournament crown.
• Babson made a season-high 24 attack errors and recorded its second lowest hitting percentage (.156) of the season in its September setback at Emerson.
• Babson owns the longest home winning streak in Division III having won 37 straight matches inside Staake Gymnasium.
• The Beavers' 20-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 nine eight postseason home matches, a streak that extends back to 2014.
• Puccio has averaged 4.22 kills per set while hitting .287 in three career matches against Emerson.
• Malee totaled a career-high 27 digs in September's loss to the Lions.
• Cameron has handed out 10.42 assists per set in three career matches against Emerson.
NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers have won the opening set in 29 of 32 matches this season.