Women's Volleyball

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NEWMAC Tournament Championship Preview: Women's Volleyball at Springfield

NEWMAC Tournament Championship Preview: Women's Volleyball at Springfield

NEWMAC Tournament Final
Women's Volleyball at Springfield
Saturday, November 2 | 1 p.m.
Blake Arena | Springfield, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the 23rd time in a series that dates back to 1998. The Beavers are 5-17 all-time against the Pride with all five victories coming over the last seven matches between the programs.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• Babson and Springfield will meet in the NEWMAC Tournament for the first time on Saturday.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Shannon Roseen led all players with 12 kills and junior Elizabeth Cameron finished with 28 assists and a career-high 20 digs in the Beavers' three-set (25-17, 25-21, 25-20) victory over Springfield on October 16 in Babson Park.
• Senior Abby Beecher and sophomore Cassidy Witten registered 15 and 14 digs, respectively, for the Beavers. Camryn Bancroft led the Pride with eight kills.

LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
• Senior Hayley Kmetz led all players with 13 kills as the Pride defeated Babson in three sets, 25-21, 25-20, 25-20, on September 20, 2016, in Springfield.
• Lauren Holt added eight kills and four blocks for Springfield, which hit .247. Jenny Karnes '17 finished with nine kills and Gizem Yilmaz added six kills and a match-high five blocks for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Top-seeded Springfield (23-6) is making its first conference championship match appearance since 2013 after defeating fourth-seeded Wellesley, 3-0, on Thursday.
• Senior Jen Donnelly led all-players with 14 kills and first-year Sara Labadorf finished with 27 assists and eight digs for the Pride, which improved to 12-0 on the year at home.
• Donnelly is averaging 3.11 kills and 3.06 digs per set, while Bancroft is contributing 2.40 kills and 0.82 blocks.
• Labaorf is dishing out 9.57 assists and first-year Briana Tovar leads the team with 3.88 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Third-seeded Babson (22-8) returns to the conference final for the first time since 2015 after defeating second-seeded MIT, 3-1, on Thursday night.
• Puccio put away 17 kills, Cameron dished out 36 assists and first-year Maddie Malee added a career-high 18 digs for the Beavers, who hit .235 over the final two sets.
• Puccio ranks sixth in the conference in kills per set (3.37) and sixth in total kills (320), Roseen is averaging 2.38 kills per set, and junior Kristin Carosotto is contributing 2.29 kills and ranks third in the league in blocks per set (1.03).
• Cameron is dishing out 9.25 assists and Beecher is averaging a league-best 4.43 digs per set.

SHOT AT THE TITLE
• The Green and White has won both of its previous NEWMAC title match appearances, taking down MIT in five sets back in 2014 and cruising to a 3-0 win over Clark in 2015.

NCAA TOURNAMENT IMPACT
• The winner of Saturday's match will punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament while the loser must wait until Monday to find out if they earn an at-large bid.
• Babson is sixth in the most recent NCAA regional rakings with Springfield just two spots behind them in eighth. Both squads are looking to move up after victories over MIT (fourth) and Wellesley (fifth) on Thursday.

RAISING THEIR GAMES
• In seven postseason matches over the last two seasons, Puccio is averaging 4.41 kills per set.
• Cameron, who has dished out 40 or more assists in four of Babson's seven postseason contests over the last two years, is averaging 10.27 assists per set during this stretch.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have gone 19-0 this season when recording more kills and digs than their opponents.

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