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NEWMAC Tournament Final Preview: No. 18 Women's Volleyball vs. Emerson

NEWMAC Tournament Final Preview: No. 18 Women's Volleyball vs. Emerson

NEWMAC Tournament Final
No. 18 Women's Volleyball vs. Emerson
Saturday, November 9 | 2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• 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.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• 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.

LAST MEETING
• 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.

STREAKING BEAVERS
• 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.

LION TAMERS
• 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.

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