NCAA Tournament Regional Final Preview: Women's Volleyball vs. Ithaca

NCAA Tournament Regional Final Preview: Women's Volleyball vs. Ithaca

2017 NCAA Division III Tournament
Potsdam Regional Final
Women's Volleyball vs. Ithaca
Sunday, November 12—1 p.m.
Alumni Gymnasium—Potsdam, N.Y.

SERIES HISTORY
Babson and Ithaca will meet for just the second time in Sunday's Potsdam Regional Final.

WHAT'S AT STAKE
The winner of Sunday's match will join seven other regional champions in Grand Rapids, Mich., for the national quarterfinals beginning on Thursday. Emory, Gustavus Adolphus and Calvin, the defending national champions and next weekend's host school, have already punched their tickets to Division III's championship weekend.

BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Beavers, who reached the second round in each of their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015, advanced the regional final for the first time in program history with Saturday's win over Clarkson.

ITHACA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Bombers are making their 20th NCAA Tournament appearance and reached the regional final for the first time since 2000 with Saturday's win over Stevens. Ithaca advanced to the national semifinals in both 1994 and 1995.

LAST MEETING
Senior Joelle Goldtein led all players with 14 kills as Ithaca defeated Babson, 3-0, in Wellesley, Mass., on October 17, 2015. Junior Amanda Cerruti added eight kills for the Bombers, who hit .281 in the victory. Lorraine Mackiewicz '17 finished with 10 kills for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE BOMBERS
Ithaca (23-8) won for the 16th time in 19 matches and avenged a regular season loss with Saturday's four-set triumph over Stevens. Cerruti finished with 17 kills, first-year Reagan Stone added 13 and Goldstein had 11 to go along with 17 digs for the Bombers, who rallied after losing the first set by hitting .322 over the final three frames. Stone is averaging 3.09 kills per set and hitting .274, Goldstein is contributing 2.77 kills and 2.78 digs, and Cerruti is chipping in with 1.96 kills and a team-high 0.84 blocks per set. Sophomore Caitlyn Floyd is dishing out 9.34 assists and junior Tara Stilwell is averaging a team-high 4.71 digs per set. Ithaca ranks 27th in Division III in kills per set (13.09).

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (22-9) reached Sunday's final by winning the final two games to outlast Clarkson in five sets on Saturday night. First-year Allie Puccio had a career-high 25 kills, sophomore Elizabeth Cameron led all players with 60 assists and junior Abby Beecher finished with a career-best 45 digs for the Beavers, who hit .211 in the victory. Puccio is averaging 3.14 kills and 1.56 digs per set, while junior Shannon Roseen is contributing 2.61 kills per set and hitting a team-best .241. Sophomore Kristin Carosotto leads the Green and White with 75 total blocks, Cameron is dishing out 9.37 assists, and Beecher is averaging a team-high 4.48 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.

RECORD-SETTING SATURDAY
In addition to Puccio's 25 kills, both Roseen (18) and first-year Gaby Miller (16) set new career highs, while Carosotto finished with a career-best 12 kills for the second night in a row. Miller also added a career-high five blocks, while Cameron (19) joined Beecher in recording the highest dig total of their respective careers against Clarkson.

CHART TOPPER
Cameron surpassed Kathleen Lynch's '13 single-season record of 948 assists set back in 2009 in the third set of Saturday's second-round victory. The Beavers' all-conference and all-region setter now has 974 assists this fall and needs just 26 to become the first player in program history to reach 1,000 in a single year.

COMMON GROUND
The Bombers split with Clarkson, which includes a five-set loss in the conference title match last weekend, and suffered a four-set loss to Vassar back at the end of September. Ithaca also defeated Endicott in Friday's first round. Babson downed the Gulls in four sets as part of a tri-match on October 7.

GETTING TO KNOW THE LIBERTY LEAGUE
The Beavers will face their third straight Liberty League opponent on Sunday after dispatching Vassar and Clarkson over the first two days of the regional. If the Green and White is to reach next week's national quarterfinals, it will have to do so against Ithaca head coach Johan Dulfer, who guided Clarkson to four straight regional titles inside Alumni Gym between 2012-15.

HITTING THEIR MARK
Babson continued its dominance when hitting better than .200 as it moved to 17-0 on the season with the victory over Clarkson. The Green and White has been nearly unbeatable over the last two years when hitting at a .200 clip or better with 48 wins in 50 matches.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are averaging 13.72 kills per set and 19.22 digs per set in four postseason matches this fall.

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