No Upsets in CCC Women's Volleyball Quarterfinals, Top Seeds Advance

No Upsets in CCC Women's Volleyball Quarterfinals, Top Seeds Advance


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – All four Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Volleyball Quarterfinal hosts held serve to advance to the CCC Semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 2.

The top two seeds, Roger Williams and Endicott, both knocked off their quarterfinal opponents with three-set sweeps. The Hawks defeated No. 8 seed Curry and the Gulls eliminated No. 7 seed Gordon. The task was a bit tougher for No. 3 seed Salve Regina as the Seahawks played a four-set match with No. 6 seeded University of New England. No. 4 seed Wentworth went the distance with No. 5 seed Western New England, earning 3-2 victory.

On Thursday, Roger Williams will host Wentworth and Endicott will host Salve Regina in the CCC Semifinals. Both matches are set to start at 7 p.m.

The two semifinal winners will advance to compete in the CCC Women's Volleyball Championship match on Saturday, Nov. 4. The winner of the title contest will be named the 2017 CCC Women's Volleyball Tournament Champion and earn the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship.

#1 Roger Williams 3, #8 Curry 0

BRISTOL, R.I. – The top-seeded Roger Williams University Women's Volleyball team advanced to the Commonwealth Coast Conference Semifinals with a 3-0 victory over eighth-seeded Curry College Tuesday evening.
With the win, Roger Williams (20-6) will host the No. 4 seed Wentworth Institute of Technology, which defeated #5 Western New England 3-2 earlier in the evening. Curry concludes the season at 11-18.
Curry kept the game close early on, coming back after the Hawks scored the first point of the game. The Colonels scored three of the next four points and eventually taking a 6-3 lead on a Hawk attack error. RWU would score three straight before a long serve put Curry back up 7-6. On the following point, Nicki Fallisi (Salem, N.H.) posted a kill that would spark an 11-0 Hawk run, giving RWU a 17-7 lead that they would not look back from. Grace Kenningham (Houston, Texas) would log back-to-back service aces to give RWU the 25-11 win.
The second set was a tight one early on, with six ties and three lead changes over the beginning. The turning point came on a Colonel attack error that helped RWU score seven straight points to break a six-all tie and put the Hawks up 13-7. Curry called a timeout to halt the run, but the Hawks came out of the break with an 8-3 run, going up by ten and forcing another Colonel timeout. On the final point, a heads-up play by Curry's Shea Matthews (Concord, N.H.) digging the ball out of the net from a dig by Grace Stafford (West Yarmouth, Mass.) helped keep the point alive for the time being. However on the other end, Kenningham put the set away 25-12 with a kill of her own.
The final set began similar to the first, with both teams trading points back and forth. The two sides combined for five ties and three lead changes to open the set. Kenningham helped cap off a 6-0 Hawk run with a kill to turn a 4-5 Colonel lead into a 10-5 RWU advantage. The Colonels managed to pull within three (9-12) but would be unable to come any closer. Kenningham logged the final three kills for RWU in the match to give the Hawks the 25-15 win.
Kenningham led the match with 13 kills on the evening and four aces, while Fallisi added 12 kills and four aces as well. Meghan Chartier (Inverness, Ill.) had 11 digs for RWU, while Julia Fields (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) finished with 37 assists.
Stafford led Curry with eight kills and eight digs. Monica Wilkes (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) handed out 16 assists, with Nicole Rice (Woburn, Mass.) adding five kills and a solo block.

Match recap courtesy of the Roger Williams Sports Information Department.


#2 Endicott 3, #7 Gordon 0

BEVERLY, Mass. - With newly named Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Player of the Year Emma Mancini (Lynnfield, Mass.) leading the offensive attack, the Endicott women's volleyball team swept cross-town rival Gordon 3-0 on Tuesday night. With the win, No. 2 Endicott (20-9) will now host No. 3 Salve Regina on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the CCC Semifinals, while No. 7 Gordon ends its season at 15-13.

The Gulls were able to sweep the Fighting Scots by scores of 25-15, 25-20 and 25-19. Endicott was able to jump out to a quick 10 point lead in the first, going up 12-2 after a Zoey Gifford (Natick, Mass.) ace. Gordon would close to within four at 18-14 before Endicott went on a 7-1 run the rest of the way. Set two proved to be a much closer contest that saw Gordon hold a two point edge just over mid-way through the set at 17-15. Senior Cydney Pierce (Carpinteria, Calif.) would go on a four point run to give Endicott a 19-17 lead that they would never give up, eventually taking it by a 25-20 final. The third would be more of the same as Gordon held a 12-9 advantage just under halfway through the first before Endicott went on a five point run. Behind the serve of Mackenzie Kennedy (Andover, Mass.), the Gulls reclaimed the lead at 14-12 and would hold on for a 25-19 win to complete the sweep.


  • Mancini impressed throughout, finishing with a match-best 16 kills on 38 attempts with four errors to hit .316 for the match. The outside added 14 digs defensively to record her fifth double-double of the season.
  • Joining her with the only other double-double in the match was sophomore setter Gifford who posted 36 assists and 13 digs in the win. Gifford's setting helped Endicott out-hit Gordon .176 to .049 for the match.
  • Endicott's defensive effort was led by libero Pierce who posted a team-best 15 digs, while Kennedy and Mareena Clotfelter (Poulsbo, Wash.) finished with six each.
  • Remi Quesnelle (Sunderland, Mass.) and Lauren Sheehan (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) each finished with nine kills in the win, while Emily Diezemann (Peabody, Mass.) finished with four kills while hitting .400.


  • Libero Jenny Curtiss (Larkspur, Colo.) led all players with 25 digs in the loss.
  • Outside Mackenzie Hinds (Higganum, Conn.) finished with 10 kills on 55 swings for the Fighting Scots, both of which were a team-high mark.
  • Setter Ashlyn Gergins (Murrieta, Calif.) finished the match with 21 assists and nine digs, narrowly missing out on the double-double.

Match recap courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.


#3 Salve Regina 3, #6 University of New England 1

NEWPORT, R.I.  – The Salve Regina University women's volleyball team rallied from a 1-0 deficit to win three straight sets and take a 3-1 (25-27, 25-19, 26-24, 25-14) victory over the University of New England to advance in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) playoffs.

Series and Streaks
The Seahawks own a 10-7 record all-time and have now won nine matches in a row over the Nor'easters.

Three Stars of the Match

  1. Salve Regina senior Samantha Salwa (Ellington, Conn.) had a match-high 44 assists, match-high three aces, 15 digs, and four kills.
  2. Salve Regina sophomore Annie Donahue (Chelmsford, Mass.) had a match-high 22 kills with a .436 swing percentage as well as two blocks, an assisted block, and a dig.
  3. UNE sophomore Katie Marsh (Melbourne, Australia) had a match-high 28 digs and an ace.

Turning Point
The teams split the first two sets and the Nor'easters built a 18-10 lead in the third set. A quick 3-0 run for Salve Regina, aided by two Nor'easter errors, forced a timeout to try and slow down any momentum, but it did not stop the Seahawks. Cassidy Trabilcy (Phoenix, Ariz.) knocked in a kill, and then another UNE error set up Salwa for a service ace. Donahue knocked in her second kill during the run and the Seahawks had draw within one, 18-17. The teams exchanged points then Salve went on another 5-0 run to take a 23-20 lead. The Nor'easters weren't done though; getting two kills first from Molly Camelo (Melrose, Mass.) then two from Rene Roggenbuck (Goffstown, N.H.) and UNE had set-point, 24-20. Two more errors however gave set-point to the Seahawks and Andee Bender (Lebanon, Conn.) capped off a 16-6 run for the Seahawks with a kill to take the third set, a 2-1 lead, and shift the momentum of the match.

Quick Hits

  • The fourth set began as a battle, with the Seahawks calling for time, leading 10-9 to slow down a Nor'easter run. However the Seahawks would close out the set on a 15-5 run to eliminate the Nor'easters.
  • The Seahawks had five players in double digit digs. Kathryn Linekin (Ridgefield, Conn.) led the way for the Seahawks with 25, while Sydney Puffer (Kittery, Maine) had 17, Salwa and Trabilcy each had 15, and Morgan VanderBaan (Douglas, Mass.) corralled 11.
  • Four Nor'easters registered double digit digs in the match. Marsh led with 28 while Sydney Christiansen (Palatine, Ill.) grabbed 18, Camelo had 16, and Kristen Falcinelli (Silver Spring, Md.) recorded 14 digs.
  • The Seahawks had an 8-3 advantage in service aces, getting aces from Salwa (3), Linekin (2), Puffer (2), and Erin Proctor (Canton, Mass.) (1). 

Match recap courtesy of the Salve Regina Sports Information Department.


#4 Wentworth 3, #5 Western New England 2

BOSTON – Sophomores Leah Rogoz (Woodridge, Ill.) and Claire Quick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) each recorded double-doubles and classmate Samantha Lassiter (Rogers, Ark.) hit .421 as the Wentworth Institute of Technology women's volleyball team outlasted Western New England, 3-2, in a Commonwealth Coast Conference Quarterfinal played at Tansey Gymnasium.

With the win the fourth-seeded Leopards notch their first postseason victory in program history and advance to play to-seeded Roger Williams in a semifinal match Thursday at 7 p.m., in Bristol, R.I. The Golden Bears see their season come to a close with a 16-14 record.  The Black & Gold will be making the program's first-ever semifinal appearance.

Western New England opened the first set on a 7-2 run, capped off by a sophomore Cassandra Holmes (Ellington, Conn.) kill. A service error and a kill Rogoz brought Wentworth to within three at 7-4. The Golden Bears scored the next two points, which was followed by a ball handling error and a kill from Quick to make it 9-6. A kill from senior Sam Heffer (Bethpage, N.Y.) brought the lead to 15-10, however, Wentworth scored the next eight points and took an 18-15 lead on an attack error. The Golden Bears countered with the next five points, taking a 20-18 lead after a service error. Back-to-back errors tied the score at 20-all, however Western New England scored the next five points to take a 25-20 win. Holmes had four kills in the set for the Golden Bears. Rogoz had three and a pair of blocks for the Leopards.

The hosts took a 5-2 lead to open the second set, thanks in part to kills from Lassiter, Rogoz, and senior Jordan Young (Derry, N.H.). Wentworth increased its lead to 10-6 after an attack error, however Western New England used a 6-2 run and tied the set at 12-all on back-to-back kills from senior Alona Kornberg (Fair Lawn, N.J.). That would be the first of six ties before a kill from Quick and an attack error gave Wentworth a 19-17 lead. Those two points started a 7-0 run which gave the Leopards a 24-17 lead, capped off by a block from Lassiter and Rogoz. Western New England got a kill and an ace to make it 24-19, however a senior Katelyn Carlson (Stratford, Conn.) kill evened the match at a set apiece as the Black & Gold prevailed, 25-19. Rogoz had five kills in the set and Quick added three, while freshman Abigail Bundy (Lebanon, Conn.) had four kills for Western New England.

After falling behind, 3-1, to start the third set, Wentworth used a 7-1 run to take an 8-4 lead after a kill from Rogoz. Wentworth increased its lead to 13-7 before three straight points, capped off by an ace from Kornberg made it 13-10. Quick and Rogoz made it 15-10 and a service error made it 17-12 in favor of the Leopards. A kill from senior Caroline Shea (Abington, Mass.) made it 19-13. The Golden Bears got back-to-back kills from Heffer to pull within four at 19-15, but a Rogoz kill from the back row started a 6-0 run to close the set, which ended on a Lassiter kill, 25-19, and gave Wentworth a 2-1 lead. Lassiter had four kills on seven swings without an error to lead the Leopards, while Rogoz had three kills. Heffer and senior Emmaline Chiodini (St. Louis, Mo.) had two kills apiece for Western New England.

The Golden Bears jumped out to a 4-1 lead to open the fourth set as Chiodini had three kills. Wentworth pulled within a point three times, including when Young and Rogoz combined for a block to make it 7-6. Western New England scored the next three points to make it 10-7 and increased its lead to 12-8 after a block from Holmes and Chiodini. The visitors' lead went to 15-10 after a kill from Chiodini, however Wentworth scored three of the next four points to make it 16-13 after a Rogoz kill. Scoring five of the next six points, Western New England extended the lead to 21-14 before kills from Shea and Quick made it 21-16. The Golden Bears forced the deciding set with a 25-17 win. Chiodini had six kills on 12 swings without an error for Western New England. Quick had four kills and Rogoz had three kills and two blocks for Wentworth.

Kills from Lassiter and Rogoz, combined with an attack error gave Wentworth a 3-0 lead to open the fifth set. After junior Jenna Ferguson (Ellington, Conn.) got the Golden bears on the Board, the Leopards got kills from Lassiter and Rogoz to make it 5-1. Ferguson answered with a kill to make it 5-2 before Wentworth scored four straight points, increasing the lead to 9-2 and never looked back, taking the 3-2 decision with a 15-4 win. Wentworth hit .389 in the deciding frame while forcing Western New England to hit -.087.

Rogoz finished with 16 kills, 17 digs, and seven blocks while Quick had 10 kills and 25 digs. Lassiter's .421 attack percentage came on nine kills with just one error in 19 swings and she also had a pair of block assists. Shea finished with seven kills and seven digs, Young had a pair of kills and five blocks, sophomore Katie Clouse (Hudson Falls, N.Y.) had 22 assists, sophomore Maddy Tomastik (Portland, Ore.) had 16 helpers, junior Lillie Clark (Visa, Calif.) served three aces, and sophomore Lexie Cambray (Bedford, N.H.) had 21 digs.

Chiodini led Western New England with 22 kills while Holmes added nine kills and four blocks. Bundy had seven kills and three blocks, Kornberg had five kills, three aces, and 14 digs, Heffer had six kills, sophomore Caitlyn Sibiskie (Rockfall, Conn.) had 39 assists and 27 digs, and senior Brianna Roth (Jackson, N.J.) had 30 digs.

Match recap courtesy of the Wentworth Sports Information Department.



All matches hosted by higher seed

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, Oct. 31

#1 Roger Williams def. #8 Curry, 3-0 | BOX
#2 Endicott def. #7 Gordon, 3-0 | BOX
#3 Salve Regina def. #6 University of New England, 3-1 | BOX
#4 Wentworth def. #5 Western New England, 3-2 | BOX

Semifinals – Thursday, Nov. 2

#4 Wentworth at #1 Roger Williams, 7 p.m.
#3 Salve Regina at #2 Endicott, 7 p.m.

Finals – Saturday, Nov. 4

Semifinal winners, TBA




The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.


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