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Match Preview: Women's Volleyball Takes on Clark, No. 5 Johnson & Wales in Worcester

Match Preview: Women's Volleyball Takes on Clark, No. 5 Johnson & Wales in Worcester

Women's Volleyball at Clark | 11 a.m.
Women's Volleyball vs. No. 5 Johnson & Wales | 1 p.m.
September 15 | Kneller Gymnasium | Worcester, Mass.

THE SETUP
• Babson travels to Worcester for the second time in five days to take on Clark and nationally-ranked Johnson & Wales in a tri-match on Saturday. The Beavers will take on the Cougars in a NEWMAC clash at 11 a.m., while is followed by a test against the Wildcats.

SERIES HISTORY
vs. Clark
• Babson and Clark will meet for the 35th time in a series that dates back to 1977.
• The Beavers are 14-20 all-time against the Cougars with the teams having split the last four matches, which includes a 3-0 win last September.
vs. Johnson & Wales
• Babson and Johnson & Wales will meet for just the seventh time overall and first time since 2013 on Saturday.
• The Beavers are 1-5 all-time but downed the Wildcats in straight sets back in 2013.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS
• Clark (4-3, 0-1 NEWMAC) has dropped two straight matches after suffering a 3-2 loss to Coast guard in its conference opener on Wednesday.
• Junior Corina Picon and senior Ana Patricia Mercado combined for 33 kills for the Cougars, who hit just .103 over the final two sets.
• Mercado is averaging 4.39 kills and hitting .356, Picon is contributing 2.88 kills, and first-year Caitlin Leggett has registered 2.16 kills over the first seven matches.
• Senior Rayme Quiban is averaging 4.46 digs, while classmate Rachel Webb and first-year Margarita Perez-Maza have combined to dish out 7.29 assists.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
• No. 5 Johnson & Wales (6-1) extended its winning streak to six with a 3-0 sweep of Endicott on Wednesday.
• Junior Kate Walker had 13 kills and hit at a .520 clip, while classmate Maria Coniglio and senior Katie Leidhold added 11 and 10 kills, respectively, as the Wildcats hit .270 as a team.
• Coniglio (3.50), Walker (3.29) and Leidhold (2.62) are combining to average 9.41 kills per set, junior Brylee Frank is dishing out 10.68 assists, and sophomore Elyssa Nicolas is contributing 4.72 digs per stanza.
• Johnson & Wales, which 74-3 overall since 2016, has won 32 straight matches against regional foes.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (5-3, 1-0 NEWMAC) has won four straight matches after defeating WPI, 3-1, in its league opener on Tuesday night.
• Junior Kristin Carosotto recorded 12 and hit at a .632 clip, while classmate Elizabeth Cameron contributed nine kills, 38 assists and three blocks for the Beavers, who recorded season highs in kills (55) and hitting percentage (.320).
• Sophomore Allie Puccio is averaging 2.59 kills, Carosotto is contributing 2.50 kills and 0.88 blocks, and senior Shannon Roseen has put away 2.00 kills per set over the first eight matches.
• Cameron is dishing out 8.81 assists to go along with 2.07 digs, while senior Abby Beecher leads the Green and White with 4.25 digs per set.

PAST SUCCESS AGAINST THE COUGARS
• Roseen and Puccio combined for 25 kills to go along with an efficient .357 hitting percentage in last year's four-set win over Clark.
• Cameron has averaged 10.00 assists per set and Beecher has registered 5.14 digs per set in two career matches against the Cougars.

STIFF COMPETITION
• Saturday's match against Johnson & Wales is the second of seven this fall against programs that took part in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
• The Green and White swept the first of seven NCAA opponents, Morrisville State, last Saturday.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 4-0 this season and 32-10 going back to the start of 2016 when recording more blocks than their opponents.

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