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NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview: No. 16 Women's Volleyball vs. No. 21 Johnson & Wales

NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview: No. 16 Women's Volleyball vs. No. 21 Johnson & Wales

NCAA Tournament Second Round | Medford Regional
No. 16 Women's Volleyball vs. No. 21 Johnson & Wales
Saturday, November 16 | 2:30 p.m.
Cousens Gym | Medford, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 1-6 all-time against Johnson & Wales in a series that dates back to 2002.
• The Beavers' lone win in the series came back in 2013 although last season's match was just the second between the programs since 2006.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Mary Coniglio finished with 16 kills, 12 digs and two blocks to help Johnson & Wales defeat Babson in three sets (25-19, 25-21, 25-16) on September 15, 2018, in Worcester, Mass.
• Katie Leidhold added 10 kills and senior Brylee Frank dished out 37 assists to go along with 16 digs for the Wildcats.
• Junior Allie Puccio recorded 11 kills, 10 digs and two blocks to lead the Beavers.

BEAVERS IN THE POSTSEASON
• Babson is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row and fifth time in program history. All five of its tournament appearances have come since 2014.
• 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 2-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament second round matches, which includes a five-set triumph at Clarkson in 2017 and last year's 3-0 win over Wellesley.

WILDCATS IN THE POSTSEASON
• Johnson & Wales is making its fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th overall since 1999.
• The Wildcats advanced to the national quarterfinals for the first time in 2017 and reached their second consecutive regional final last season.
• Johnson & Wales is 2-0 all-time in NCAA second round matches with victories over Wesleyan (3-2) in 2017 and SUNY New Paltz (3-0) last year.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
• No. 21 Johnson & Wales (28-4) extended its winning streak to 11 matches with a 3-1 victory over Maine Maritime in Friday's first round.
• Coniglio recorded 19 kills and 15 digs and Frank contributed 33 assists, 14 digs and three aces for the Wildcats, who hit .333 over the final three sets.
• Coniglio is averaging 3.41 kills and 3.02 digs per set, senior Kate Walker (3.16 k/s, 0.81 b/s) boasts a .430 hitting percentage, and classmate Hannah Dolan is contributing 2.00 kills per set.
• Frank is dishing out 9.89 assists per set, while junior Elyssa Nicolas is averaging a team-high 4.76 digs per set on the year.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 16 Babson (33-1) ran its winning streak to 22 matches with a three-set sweep of UMass Boston in Friday's first round.
• First-year Jordan Lapins led all players with 11 kills and Puccio added nine kills for the Beavers, who hit .308 as a team in the victory.
• Puccio is averaging 3.44 kills per set, Lapins is contributing 2.57 kills and first-year Laura Zuloaga (2.24 k/s) is hitting a robust .412 on the year.
• Senior Elizabeth Cameron is handing out a career-best 9.61 assists per set, while sophomore Maddie Malee leads the Green and White with a 3.42 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 .715 winning percentage (211-84) and has led Babson to 26 or more wins in four of the last six seasons.

TOURNAMENT TESTED
• Saturday's match will be the ninth in the NCAA Tournament over the last three years for the Beavers.
• The trio of Puccio (4.40 k/s, .242 hitting pct.), junior Gaby Miller (2.48 k/s, .229 hitting pct.) and senior Kristin Carosotto (2.29 k/s, .239 hitting pct.) have combined for 9.15 kills per set entering this weekend's NCAA regional.
• 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 3,868 assists, Cameron now owns the top three spots on the school's single-season list after recording 23 assists in Friday's win. She has totaled over 1,000 in each of the last two years and enters Saturday's match with 961 assists this fall.
• Puccio's 358 kills this season are already good for fifth place on Babson's single-season list. She needs just eight on Saturday to pass her 2017 total of 365 kills for fourth place on the list.
• Malee has already achieved a new career high with 352 digs, which is good for 12th on the Beavers' single-season list. She needs just six digs on Saturday to pass Angela Cheng's 2004 total to move into 11th place.

BEAVER BITES
• Babson's 22-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 30 straight matches.
• The Beavers' 33 wins this season are the most by any Division III squad.
• The Green and White has won the first set in 31 of 34 matches this fall.
• Babson has hit better than .200 in 30 of 34 matches and has gone 66-0 since 2017 when finishing with a hitting percentage of .200 or better.
• The Beavers are 7-0 in neutral court matches this season.

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE
• The winner of Saturday's match will advance to face either 13th-ranked Tufts or Bowdoin in Sunday's 1 p.m. Medford Regional final.

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