Women's Volleyball at the NSU Shark Invitational
Friday: vs. Texas A&M International, 11:30 a.m.| vs. Missouri S&T, 2 p.m.
Saturday: vs. Lynn, 10 a.m. | Nova Southeastern, 3 p.m.
Rick Case Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
• Babson opens the 2018 campaign against four Division II opponents at the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational.
• The Beavers will take on all four opponents for the first time in program history, and will face their first Division II competition since 1987 this weekend.
SCOUTING THE DUSTDEVILS
• Texas A&M International (1-4) dropped all four matches at Franklin Pierce's Raven First Serve Invitational last weekend.
• Junior Annie Deininger averaged 2.00 kills and hit at a .222 clip and first-year Allison Wade contributed 1.89 kills and 1.33 digs to lead the Dustdevils.
• Senior Lacy Asdourian averaged a team-best 3.67 digs per set and the duo of classmate Ronnie Fountain and first-year Masion Kosse combined to dish out 7.89 assists per game.
• Texas A&M International, which finished 2-24 last seasons, is hitting just .105 over its first five matches.
SCOUTING THE MINERS
• Missouri S&T (3-1) won its first three matches before suffering a four-set loss to the hosts at the Lindenwood Challenge last weekend.
• Senior Carlie Combs led all players with 3.91 kills per set, which included 17 in a 3-0 sweep of Southern Nazarene, while junior Emilee Shlader and senior Ellen Schulz both averaged 2.93 kills and 0.79 blocks per set.
• Redshirt sophomore Sarah McGinnis and first-year Sarah Cavanaugh combined to dish out 10.07 assists and Corrine Stulce averaged 4.93 digs over four matches.
• The Miners, who went 10-21 last year, held their opponents to a .106 hitting percentage last weekend.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING KNIGHTS
• Lynn (3-1) won its final two matches, which included rallying for a five-set victory over Shaw, at the Embry-Riddle Tournament last weekend.
• Junior Sonja Udovcic averaged 4.94 kills and 3.13 digs per set while hitting at a .360 clip, and senior Rafaela Fonseca contributed 3.19 kills and 3.00 digs.
• First-year Isadora Nicolai dished out 12.19 assists and added 2.50 digs per set.
• The Fighting Knights, who are coming off a 9-17 season, averaged 14.06 kills and hit .241 on opening weekend.
SCOUTING THE SHARKS
• Nova Southeastern (0-4) returns home looking for its first win after dropping all four matches at the Ashland Tournament in Ohio last weekend.
• Senior Denvyr Tyler-Palmer averaged 3.54 kills and 2.69 digs per set, while graduate student Leslie Atherton added 1.50 kills and 0.75 blocks per set.
• Redshirt senior Samantha Blasko doled out 6.00 assists and was one of five players to average better than two digs per set over the first four matches.
• The Sharks, who are coming off a 6-21 campaign in 2017, hit just .075 on opening weekend.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson returns all 14 players from a team that went 22-10 and reached the NCAA Tournament regional finals for the first time in school history last season.
• Sophomore Allie Puccio averaged 3.15 kills and 1.53 digs per set, senior Shannon Roseen hit .234 and averaged 2.57 kills, and junior Kristin Carosotto chipped in with 2.09 kills and led the team with 79 total blocks.
• Sophomore Elizabeth Cameron became the first setter in program history to surpass 1,000 assists in a season while averaging 9.30 per set.
• Senior Abby Beecher's 509 digs in 2017 were the fourth most in program history.
PRESENCE IN THE POLLS
• The Beavers, who were picked to finish second when the NEWMAC preseason poll was released on Wednesday, are were among a large group of programs receiving votes in the AVCA Division III poll back on August 14.
THE SUNSHINE STATE…GORGEOUS
• Babson will travel to Florida to play for the first time in program history this weekend. The trip south will also be a homecoming for sophomore Gaby Miller (Miami) and three of the Beavers' four first-year players as Lauren Gold (Miami Beach), Maddie Malee (Orlando) and Juliette Pouille (Riviera Beach) all hail from the Sunshine State.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers went 17-0 last season and are 48-2 going back to the start of the 2015 campaign when hitting .200 or better.