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NCAA Tournament Regional Final Preview: Women's Volleyball vs. No. 23 Bowdoin

NCAA Tournament Regional Final Preview: Women's Volleyball vs. No. 23 Bowdoin

2018 NCAA Division III Tournament
Babson Park Regional | Regional Final
Women's Volleyball vs. No. 23 Bowdoin
Sunday, November 11 | 2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Bowdoin will meet for the eighth time on Sunday in a series that dates back to 1993. The Beavers are 2-5 all-time against the Polar Bears although the programs have not met since 2016 and have faced each other just four times since 1994.
• The teams have met just once in the postseason, a 3-1 Bowdoin victory in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Sydney Salle led all players with 13 kills and junior Caroline Flaharty added 11 kills and nine digs to help Bowdoin defeat Babson, 3-1, on September 9, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass.
• Lorrine Mackiewicz '17 finished with 11 kills and junior Elizabeth Cameron contributed 31 assists and 11 digs for the Beavers.

BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The Beavers are making their fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2014 and have now advanced to regional final in each of the last two seasons.
• The Green and White is seeking its first trip to the national quarterfinals in program history.

BOWDOIN IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The Polar Bears are making their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and will play in their fourth regional final since 2012 on Sunday.
• Bowdoin advanced to the national quarterfinals for the first time in program history back in 2015.

SCOUTING THE POLAR BEARS
• No. 23 Bowdoin (29-1) has won 19 consecutive matches after defeating Johns Hopkins, 3-0, on Saturday.
• Salle and Flaharty both finished with nine kills and sophomore Kate Kiser dished out 26 assists to go along with nine digs and two blocks for the Polar Bears.
• Flaherty is averaging 3.35 kills and 3.01 digs per set, sophomore Ashley Williams (2.91 k/s) is hitting at a .296 clip, and Salle is contributing 2.22 kills and a team-high 0.78 blocks per set.
• Kizer is handing out 10.16 assists per set, while senior Lisa Sheldon ranks 28th in Division III in digs per set (5.68).

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (25-8) extended its winning streak to seven with a 3-0 win over Wellesley in Saturday's second round.
• Sophomore Allie Puccio finished with 14 kills and junior Kristin Carosotto added 10 kills and four blocks for the Beavers, who hit .263 as a team.
• Puccio is averaging 3.39 kills per set, senior Shannon Roseen is contributing 2.43 kills and Carosotto is putting away 2.26 kills and ranks 28th in Division III in blocks per set (1.07).
• Cameron is dishing out 9.28 assists and senior Abby Beecher leads the Green and White with 4.40 digs per set.

NEXT STOP PITTSBURGH
• The winner of Sunday's regional final will punch one of eight tickets to next week's championship round at the A.J. Palumbo Center on the campus of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. The eight remaining teams will be re-seeded and national quarterfinal matches will get underway on Thursday.

KEEPING GOOD COMPANY
• With its win on Saturday, Babson joined Calvin, Ithaca, Johnson & Wales, Emory and Wittenberg as the only six teams to reach the regional final in each of the last two seasons.

COMMON GROUND
• Babson and Bowdoin share seven common opponents this season and the Polar Bears will be the fourth NESCAC foe that the Beavers face on the year.
• The Green and defeated Middlebury and lost to Williams and Tufts in the New England Challenge back on October 19-20.

HOME, SWEET HOME
• The Green and White is 13-0 at home this season and has won 17 straight matches at home since suffering a 3-2 loss to MIT on October 3 of last season.
• The Beavers' are 72-10 under eighth-year coach Eric Neely inside Staake Gymnasium, which includes a run of 36 wins in their last 37 matches going back to 2015.

MAKING THEIR MARKS ON THE HISTORY BOOKS
• Cameron needs just 21 assists to surpass her own single-season record of 1,004 assists set last season.
• Puccio's 364 kills this season ranks fourth on Babson's single-season list and she needs just two on Sunday set a new career high.
• Carosotto, who set a new single-season record for blocks in the Beavers' NEWMAC Tournament final win over Springfield on November 3, has moved into the third place on the program's all-time list with 241 total blocks.

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