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NCAA Tournament First Round Preview: No. 16 Women's Volleyball vs. UMass Boston

NCAA Tournament First Round Preview: No. 16 Women's Volleyball vs. UMass Boston

NCAA Tournament First Round | Medford Regional
No. 16 Women's Volleyball vs. UMass Boston
Friday, November 15 | 3 p.m.
Cousens Gym | Medford, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 27-8 all-time against UMass Boston in a series that dates back to 1980.
• The Beavers lost just one match in the series between 1980-2003 but are just 2-5 against the Beacons over the last decade.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Allie Puccio hit .478 and led all players with 14 kills, while Shannon Roseen '19 added 11 kills as the Beavers rallied to defeat UMass Boston in four sets (22-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-15) on September 30, 2017, in Babson Park.
• Junior Gaby Miller added eight kills and two blocks for Babson, who got 30 assists, five digs and three blocks from senior Elizabeth Cameron.
• Eileen Shi recorded 12 kills and seven digs to the lead the Beacons, who recorded just 19 kills over the final three sets.

BEAVERS IN THE POSTSEASON
• Babson is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row and fifth time overall in the last six seasons.
• The Beavers followed up their Postsdam (N.Y.) Regional final appearance in 2017 by winning the Babson Park Regional and advancing to the national quarterfinals for the first time in school history last year.
• Babson is 4-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament first round matches.

BEACONS IN THE POSTSEASON
• UMass Boston is making its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 11 years.
• The Beacons reached the national quarterfinals in 2010, 2012 and 2013, and advanced to the regional final in 2011.
• UMass Boston has won six of its previous eight NCAA first round matches with the only losses coming in 2015 and 2017.

SCOUTING THE BEACONS
• UMass Boston (12-18) has won four straight matches and is coming off a 3-1 victory at Plymouth State in the Little Easter Tournament final last Saturday.
• Junior Emilia Czapiewska finished with 12 kills and five blocks, while Marcelle Tiscareno added nine kills and three blocks for the Beacons, who matched their season high in total blocks.
• Czapiewska is averaging 2.60 kills per set, Tiscareno (2.26 k/s, 0.70 b/s) is hitting .318, and senior Sarah Doyle is contributing 2.02 kills and 0.85 blocks per set.
• Junior Carsen Komminsk is dishing out 7.20 assists per set, while classmate Tyla Parker is averaging a team-high 3.92 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 16 Babson (32-1) defeated Emerson, 3-0, in the NEWMAC Tournament final last Saturday for a 21st consecutive win.
• Puccio finished with 15 kills and a season-high 14 digs, while senior Kristin Carosotto and first-year Jordan Lapins recorded 10 kills apiece for the Beavers, who hit .322 in the victory.
• Puccio is averaging 3.46 kills per set, Lapins is contributing 2.53 kills and first-year Laura Zuloaga (2.29 k/s) is hitting a robust .415 on the year.
• Cameron is handing out a career-best 9.67 assists per set, while sophomore Maddie Malee leads the Green and White with a 3.39 digs per set average.

CAMERON, PUCCIO RACKING UP AWARDS
• The only four-time first-team all-conference selection in program history, Cameron also became Babson's first NEWMAC Player of the Year when the league released its postseason honors on Thursday.
• Puccio earned her third straight All-NEWMAC nod and was a first-team selection for the second year in a row.
• Cameron also was named to the AVCA All-New England team for a third straight season, while Puccio collected all-region laurels for the second time.

NEELY KNOWS WINNING
• Ninth-year head coach Eric Neely was selected as the AVCA New England Coach of the Year on Thursday after leading the Beavers to a school-record 32 wins, a second consecutive NEWMAC Tournament crown and the program's third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
• Neely boasts a .714 winning percentage (210-84) and has led Babson to 26 or more wins in four of the last six seasons.

TOURNAMENT TESTED
• Friday's match will be the eighth in the NCAA Tournament over the last three years for the Beavers.
• The trio of Puccio (4.40 k/s, .242 hitting pct.), Miller (2.48 k/s, .229 hitting pct.) and Carosotto (2.29 k/s, .239 hitting pct.) have combined for 9.15 kills per set in seven career NCAA matches.
• Cameron has contributed 10.24 assists per set and 2.80 digs in two previous NCAA Tournament appearances.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
• The program's all-time leader with 3,845 assists, Cameron needs just 11 on Friday to secure each of the top three spots on Babson's single-season assist chart. She has totaled over 1,000 in each of the last two years and 938 so far this fall.
• Puccio's 349 kills have her in sixth place on Babson's single-season list. She needs six to pass Mary Donahue's '15 total of 355 set back in 2012 for fifth place, and 16 to reach her own 2017 total of 365.
• Malee has already achieved a new career high with 339 digs, which is good for 12th on the Beavers' single-season list.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
• Babson's 21-match winning streak is the longest in program history.
• The streak is also the second longest in Division III behind Johns Hopkins, which has won 29 straight matches.
• The Beavers' 32 wins this season are tied for the most in Division III with Plymouth State, which was defeated by UMass Boston in the Little East Tournament final.
• The Green and White has won the first set in 30 of 33 matches this fall.
• Babson has hit better than .200 in 29 of 33 matches and has gone 65-0 since 2017 when finishing with a hitting percentage of .200 or better.
• The Beavers are 6-0 in neutral court matches this season.

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE
• The winner of Friday's first round match will face either 21st-ranked Johnson & Wales or Maine Maritime in the second round on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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