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Tournament Preview: Women's Volleyball Set to Face Tough NESCAC Opposition at New England Challenge

Tournament Preview: Women's Volleyball Set to Face Tough NESCAC Opposition at New England Challenge

New England Challenge
Women's Volleyball vs. Middlebury | Friday, Oct. 20 | 7 p.m. | Staake Gymnasium
Women's Volleyball vs. Tufts, 11 a.m. | Women's Volleyball vs. Williams, 3:30 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 21 | Cambridge, Mass.

THE SETUP
• Babson will host Middlebury on Friday night and travel to MIT for matches against Tufts and Williams on Saturday as the NEWMAC's top three programs take on three of the best from the NESCAC in the fourth edition of the New England Challenge.

SERIES HISTORY
vs. Middlebury
• The Beavers are 1-3 all-time against Middlebury in a series that dates back to 2015. Babson, which dropped a four-set decision last October, picked up its lone win over the Panthers inside Staake Gymnasium back in 2016.

vs. Tufts
• Babson is 1-17 all-time against Tufts following a 3-0 loss in last year's event. The Beavers earned the program's first win over the Jumbos back in 2015.

vs. Williams
• The Green and White is 1-5 all-time against the Ephs and suffered a 3-0 loss in last year's match. Babson's lone victory against Williams came in 2015.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
• Middlebury (12-4) enters the weekend coming off a five-set loss to Bowdoin last Saturday.
• Seniors Isabel Sessions and Sarah Staver both had 14 kills and classmate Chellsa Ferdinand contributed 42 assists and 17 digs for the Panthers, who dropped the final two sets.
• Sessions is averaging 3.68 kills and 2.65 digs per set, Staver (3.25 kills, 0.89 blocks) ranks third in Division III with a .428 hitting percentage, and first-year Maggie Wise is contributing 2.74 kills per set.
• Ferdinand is doling out 9.69 assists and junior Gigi Alper is averaging 4.65 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE JUMBOS
• Tufts (11-8) has split its last four matches after suffering a 3-1 loss at Middlebury last Friday.
• Senior Mackenzie Bright hit .389 and put away 17 kills, while junior Maddie Stewart added 11 kills and three blocks for the Jumbos, who dropped the first two sets.
• First-year Cate Desler is averaging 2.71 kills per set and hitting .243, Bright is contributing 2.36 kills, and Stewart is putting away 2.04 kills per game.
• Junior Rachel Furash is dishing out 7.31 assists per set, while sophomore Sophia Acker is recording a team-high 4.13 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE EPHS
• Williams (11-8) saw its four-match winning streak come to an end in a 3-1 loss at Amherst last Saturday.
• Senior Mia Weinland had 17 kills, junior Erin Denham added 15 and classmate Daiana Takashima chipped in with 17 digs and four aces for the Ephs, who lost the final two sets.
• Denham is averaging 3.00 kills per set and hitting .223, while Weinland is putting away 2.81 kills and hitting at a .219 clip.
• Senior Roxi Corbeil is contributing 2.38 kills, junior Alex Newton is dishing out 8.72 assists, and Takashima leads the squad with 4.23 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (17-5) has won a season-high six consecutive matches after sweeping Springfield 3-0 on Tuesday.
• Senior Shannon Roseen had 12 kills, sophomore Allie Puccio had 10 and junior Elizabeth Cameron added 28 assists and a career-high 20 digs for the Beavers.
• Puccio is averaging 3.18 kills per set, while junior Kristin Carosotto is hitting .318 and contributing 2.43 kills and 1.04 blocks.
• Roseen is putting away 2.41 kills, Cameron is dishing out 9.47 assists and senior Abby Beecher leads the Green and White in digs per set (4.59) and service aces (25).

REGIONAL RECOGNITION
• The Beavers were fourth when the NCAA released its first regional rankings on Wednesday afternoon.
• Babson was one of seven NEWMAC programs in the 12-team poll, and has gone 5-2 against regionally-ranked foes this fall.

ACCEPTING THE CHALLENGE
• The Green and White is 3-6 all-time in the New England Challenge, which home wins over Williams in 2015 and Middlebury in 2016.
• Friday's match against the Panthers will be the first against a NESCAC opponent this fall.

MOVIN' ON UP
• Beecher is now fourth in program history with 1,173 career digs, and needs just three more to overtake Shanna Glassner '09 for third place.
• Carosotto became the 10th player in program history to surpass 200 blocks in Tuesday's win over Springfield. Her 203 total blocks are good for ninth in Babson history.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 32-0 over the last two seasons when recording at least a .200 hitting percentage.

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