2017 NCAA Division III Tournament
Potsdam Regional—Second Round
Women's Volleyball at Clarkson
Saturday, November 11—5 p.m.
Alumni Gymnasium—Potsdam, N.Y.
Babson and Clarkson will meet for the first time on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Beavers are making their third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years, and have now advanced in to the second round in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
CLARKSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Golden Knights, which are hosting an NCAA regional for the fifth time in seven years, are making their ninth straight national tournament appearance. Clarkson advanced to the national quarterfinals in four straight seasons from 2012-15.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Clarkson (22-7), which has suffered just one loss since mid-September, defeated Morrisville State, 3-0, for its 12th straight win in Friday's first round. Senior Rachael Aird and sophomore Rachel Reusch combined for 27 kills and five blocks for the Golden Knights, who hit .343 against the Mustangs. Aird leads the team in kills (3.09) and blocks per set (0.79) to go along with a .306 hitting percentage, while Reusch is averaging 2.60 kills and 0.68 blocks per set, and is hitting at a .315 clip. Junior Jillian Saenz is handing out 8.90 assists per set and sophomore Kate Isaksen is contributing 6.71 digs per game, which leads all of Division III. Clarkson ranks 19th nationally in digs per set and has gone 49-4 at home since 2013.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (21-9) stayed unbeaten in NCAA Tournament First Round matches with a four-set victory over Vassar on Friday evening. Sophomore Kristin Carosotto and first-year Allie Puccio each had 12 kills, and junior Abby Beecher chipped in with 28 digs for the Beavers, who hit .282 over the first two frames. Puccio is averaging 3.06 kills and 1.50 digs per set, while junior Shannon Roseen is contributing 2.57 kills per set and hitting a team-best .243. Carosotto leads the Green and White with 72 total blocks, sophomore Elizabeth Cameron is dishing out 9.23 assists, and Beecher is averaging a team-high 4.27 digs per set. Babson ranks 58th in Division III in aces per set (2.58) and is limiting its foes to a .130 hitting percentage.
NOT MUCH IN COMMON
The only common opponent shared by Babson and Clarkson is Vassar. The Golden Knights defeated the Brewers in four sets twice this fall.
CONTINUING UP THE CHARTS
Cameron became just the second play in program history to surpass 900 assists in a season on Friday night, and now ranks fourth with 914 this year. She needs just 35 assists to break Kathleen Lynch's '13 2009 single-season record of 948.
MAKING THEIR MARK ON THE RECORD BOOKS
Puccio's 365.5 points are the most by a first-year in Babson history, and her 327 kills has her sixth on the program's single-season list. Beecher also ranks sixth on the single-season chart with 448 digs, while Carosotto has moved into 13th place with her 72 blocks this fall.
DIVERSIFYING THE ATTACK
In addition to the 12 kills apiece by Carosotto and Puccio, first-year Gaby Miller finished with 10, Roseen added seven, and junior Catherine Hunter chipped in with four in Friday's four-set win.
ON THE HORIZON
The winner of Saturday's match will face either Ithaca or Stevens in Sunday's 1 p.m. regional final. The Green and White is the only program remaining in the regional that has not advanced past the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 15-1 this season and 28-2 over the last two years when recording more digs than their opponents.