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Match Preview: Women's Volleyball at Wellesley

Match Preview: Women's Volleyball at Wellesley

Women's Volleyball at Wellesley
Tuesday, October 23 | 7 p.m.
Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse | Wellesley, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Wellesley will meet for the 40th time on Tuesday night in a series that dates back to 1980. The Beavers are 6-33 all-time against the Blue but have won four of the last five matches between the programs.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Yasmine Reece finished with 19 kills and seven blocks and sophomore Lauren Gedney added 18 blocks as Wellesley defeated Babson in five sets (23-25, 25-18, 29-27, 18-25, 15-12) in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on November 4, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass.
• Sophomore Allie Puccio recorded then-career-highs of 22 kills and 16 digs, while classmate Gaby Miller contributed 13 kills for the Beavers.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Puccio registered 12 of her match-high 16 kills over the final two sets as the Beavers defeated Wellesley, 3-1, on October 24, 2017, in Babson Park.
• Junior Elizabeth Cameron finished with 34 assists, six kills and four aces, while senior Abby Beecher totaled 26 digs for Babson. Reece had 15 kills, 10 digs and four blocks for the Blue.

SCOUTING THE BLUE
• Wellesley (17-5, 6-3 NEWMAC) is coming off a five-set loss to Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon.
• Reece had 20 kills and nine blocks, Gedney added 14 kills and Samantha Hoang recorded 27 digs for the Blue, which forced a fifth set after trailing 2-0.
• Reece is averaging 3.63 kills and leads the NEWMAC in hitting percentage (.378) and blocks per set (1.14), Gedney is contributing 3.28 kills and hitting .272, and first-year Nicole Doerges is putting away 2.64 kills per set.
• Senior Michelle Li is second in the league in assists per set (9.90) and Hoang ranks third in digs per set (4.36).

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (18-7, 7-1 NEWMAC) has dropped two straight matches for the first time since September 1 after suffering a 3-0 loss to Williams on Saturday.
• Puccio finished with nine kills, senior Shannon Roseen added seven, and Beecher registered nine digs and three aces for the Beavers.
• Puccio ranks sixth in the conference in kills per set (3.18), Roseen is averaging 2.42 kills, and sophomore Kristin Carosotto is contributing 2.38 kills and ranks third in the NEWMAC in blocks (1.11).
• Cameron is dishing out 9.18 assists and Beecher is averaging a league-best 4.57 digs per set.

WHAT'S AT STAKE
• The Beavers enter the night locked in a three-way tie with MIT and Springfield atop the NEWMAC standings. Babson would assure itself a top-three seed and a home quarterfinal match in next week's conference tournament with a win in one of its final two matches.
• Victories against both Wellesley and Mount Holyoke would give the Green and White a share of its second regular season league title in four years.

CONFRENCE RECOGNTION FOR PUCCIO
• Puccio was selected as the NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Monday after averaging 3.23 kills and 4.54 points per set in four matches last week.

REGIONAL IMPLICATIONS
• Babson, which was fourth in the initial NCAA regional rankings last Wednesday, will look to bolster its resume with a victory at Wellesley. The Blue was seventh in last week's rankings and have won 18 of its last 19 home matches going back to the start of last year.
• The Green and White is 5-1 this fall against regionally-ranked opponents, while Wellesley has gone 4-5.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are averaging 13.33 kills per set and are hitting .249 in conference play this season.

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