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Tri-Match Preview: No. 23 Women's Volleyball Welcomes Brandeis, Endicott to Staake Gymnasium on Saturday

Tri-Match Preview: No. 23 Women's Volleyball Welcomes Brandeis, Endicott to Staake Gymnasium on Saturday

No. 23 Women's Volleyball vs. Brandeis | 11 a.m.
No. 23 Women's Volleyball vs. Endicott | 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 | Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SETUP
• No. 23 Babson will wrap up a five-match home stand on Saturday when it hosts Brandeis and Endicott inside Staake Gymnasium.

SERIES HISTORY
vs. Brandeis
• Babson is 10-25 al-time against the Judges but have won four straight matches in the series since 2014.
• Saturday's meeting is the first between the teams since 2016, and also marks the first time Brandeis has come to Babson Park since 2009.

vs. Endicott
• Babson is 9-9 all-time against the Gulls and have won two straight matches going back to 2017.
• Each of the last three contests and four of the last six matches overall between the programs have gone at least four sets.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 23 Babson (17-1) has won its last six matches and is coming off a 3-1 victory over MIT on Tuesday night.
• Junior Allie Puccio totaled a season-high 19 kills and first-year Laura Zuloaga and senior Kristin Carosotto added 11 and 10 kills, respectively, for the Beavers, who hit .375 over the final three sets.
• Puccio ranks 39th in Division III in kills per set (3.78), Zuloaga is hitting .447 and averaging 2.29 kills, and first-year Jordan Lapins is contributing 2.16 kills per set.
• Senior Elizabeth Cameron is dishing out 9.04 assists per set, while sophomore Maddie Malee is averaging a team-high 3.75 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE JUDGES
• Brandeis (4-12) has dropped two straight matches after suffering a 3-0 loss to No. 3 Chicago last Sunday.
• Senior Emma Bartlett recorded 10 kills and junior Marissa Borgert chipped in with 21 assists and nine digs for the Judges, who hit just .059 in the loss.
• Bartlett is averaging 2.83 kills, 2.40 digs and 1.02 blocks per set, while junior Belle Scott is contributing 2.67 kills and 2.57 digs.
• Borgert is doling out 7.33 assists and sophomore Kaitlyn Oh is averaging a team-best 5.42 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE GULLS
• Endicott (13-5) has won its last two matches and is coming off a 3-0 victory over Salve Regina on Tuesday.
• Sophomore Amanda Gilbert finished with 11 kills and senior Zoey Gifford added 35 assists and 12 digs for the Gulls, who have gone 1-3 this fall against nationally-ranked foes.
• Senior Remi Quesnelle is averaging 2.69 kills per set, sophomore Colleen McAvoy (2.55 k/s, 0.77 b/s) boasts a .351 hitting percentage, and Gilbert is contributing 2.52 kills per set.
• Gifford is dishing out 9.78 assists, while senior Mackenzie Kennedy is averaging a team-high 5.46 digs per set.

ONE BLOCK FROM THE TOP
• Carosotto, who set a single-season record with 114 total blocks last season, is tied with Krissy Robertson '16 for the program's all-time record with 279 blocks.

FINDING SUCCESS AGAINST THE GULLS
• Carsotto boasts a .362 hitting percentage and has averaged 2.33 kills and 1.83 blocks per set in three career matches against Endicott.
• Junior Gaby Miller has averaged 2.25 kills per set to go along with a .325 hitting percentage in two matches against Endicott, while Cameron dished out 55 assists in last year's four-set triumph.

PARTY OF ONE
• Entering Saturday's tri-match, the Green and White is the only Division III team in the country that ranks in the top 10 in both hitting percentage and opponents hitting percentage.
• Babson ranks eighth in both hitting percentage (.261) and opponents hitting percentage (.086).

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers have won 25 straight non-conference matches inside Staake Gymnasium dating back to 2015.

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