SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Home court was kind to the top two seeds in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament as both No. 1 seed Roger Williams and No. 2 seed Endicott came away with 3-0 sweeps in the CCC Tournament Semifinals on Thursday (Nov. 2) night. The Hawks will host the Gulls in the Championship match at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4.
Roger Williams held off No. 4 Wentworth in three close sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-17), while Endicott did the same against No. 3 seed Salve Regina (25-21, 25-22, 25-17).
The Hawks return to CCC Championship after having a streak of seven straight CCC Tournament Championships snapped with an early tournament exit a year ago. Meanwhile, the Gulls come in as the defending CCC Tournament Champions. The two last met in a title match in 2013 with RWU earning the edge.
The regular season meeting between the two Championship competitors was a five-setter with this year's CCC Regular-Season Champion coming out on top. In that match Endicott jumped out to an early two-set lead with wins of 25-15 and 25-23. The Hawks were able to battle back to take the final three sets 25-17, 25-23, and 15-10.
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, #4 Wentworth 0
BRISTOL, R.I. – After a one season hiatus, the top-seeded Roger Williams University Women's Volleyball team returned to the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship after defeating fourth-seeded Wentworth Institute of Technology 3-0.
The win for RWU also give the Hawks its first 20-win season since 2014. The Hawks will return to the conference championship match for the eighth time in nine seasons.
The match started with a long volley that ended up going in favor of the Leopards. Samantha Lassiter (Rogers, Ark.) blocked a Grace Kenningham (Houston, Texas) kill attempt to open the set. The Leopards grabbed two more points, but a Meghan Chartier (Inverness, Ill.) service ace put the Hawks on the board.
The Leopards got out to a 3-8 lead to force the Hawks to call an early time out.
The Hawks came out of the time out with a dump over the net by Maddie Neuberger (Remsenburg, N.Y.), but the Hawks were unable to keep the momentum going. The Leopards pulled out to a 13-6 lead before a Molly Quilty (Duxbury, Mass.) attack broke Wentworth's scoring streak. A Nicki Fallisi (Salem, N.H.) service ace put another point on the board for Hawks.
Julia Fields (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) dumped one over the net helped the Hawks start a rally. They came within two points of the Leopards with an attack error by Leah Rogoz (Woodridge, Ill.) and a kill by Quilty. The score was 17-19.
Quilty started play after a Wentworth time out with a block on a kill attempt by Caroline Shae (Abington, Mass.). A kill by Kenningham tied the set for the first time since the score was 3-3. The Hawks took the lead 20-19 which forced Wentworth to use their second timeout.
The Leopards tied it back up at 20 on an attack error by Kenningham. The Hawks then went on a 5-point run for a come-from-behind first set win.
The Hawks scored the first point of the second set, but the Leopards answered back with two points to grab an early lead, but the Hawks tied it up at 2 on a Lara LoIacono (Lynbrook, N.Y.) kill.
The Hawks kept a lead in the first half of the set, but Wentworth stayed close. A LoIacono kill forced Wentworth to take a timeout with the score at 13-9.
The timeout helped the Leopards, who tied it up on a service ace by Claire Quick (Mission Viejo, Calif.). Wentworth took the lead, but it did not last long. The lead went back and forth until Wentworth established a three-point lead, which forced the Hawks to take their first timeout of the set.
Quilty came out of the timeout with a quick kill, which was followed by a kill by Kenningham. Another kill by Kenningham tied the set up at 20. Meghan Smith's (Blauvelt, N.Y.) kill tied it at 21 and Fields' lob gave the Hawks the lead at 22. Wentworth called their second timeout of the set.
The Hawks took the set 25-22 on a huge kill by LoIacono.
Neuberger had two kills to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead to start the third set. Wentworth responded with a point but Fallisi's cross-court kill gave the Hawks the ball back.
The Hawks found a rhythm and opened up a 10-4 lead when Wentworth called a timeout.
The Leopards' timeout broke the Hawks' momentum by scoring five points.
A block by Quilty brought the score to 16-13. Wentworth's second timeout came with the score at 18-13.
The Hawks were up 23-17 when Fields' service ace gave the Hawks match point. A frantic volley led to a kill by LoIacono for the 25th point and a trip to the CCC championship game.
In the win, Kenningham led the team in kills with 11, while Neuberger and LoIacono both had nine. Quilty finished with four total blocks. Fields had 32 assists and six kills. Fallisi led with the team with 17 digs and Chartier followed her with 12.
Rogoz led Wentworth with ten kills to go along with 12 digs. Lexie Cambray (Bedford, N.H.) finished with 13 digs, while Katie Clouse (Hudson Falls, N.Y.) and Maddy Tomastik (Portland, Ore.) had 13 and 11 assists, respectively.
Match recap courtesy of the Roger Williams Sports Information Department.
#2 Endicott 3, #3 Salve Regina 0
BEVERLY, Mass. – Behind a match-high 17 kills from Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Player of the Year Emma Mancini (Lynnfield, Mass.), the second-seeded Endicott women's volleyball team defeated No. 3 Salve Regina, 3-0, in the semifinal round of the CCC Tournament on Thursday night at MacDonald Gymnasium. Set scores for the match were 25-21, 25-22, 25-17.
Mancini powered the Endicott offense hitting .400 (17 K, 3 E, 35 TA) in the match to go along with four service aces and two digs. Meanwhile, Remi Quesnelle (Sunderland, Mass.) notched 12 kills on 31 swings (.258), while Lauren Sheehan (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) collected nine kills and Nicole Winkler (Southborough, Mass.) added eight putaways to highlight the offense.
Zoey Gifford (Natick, Mass.) also played a key role in the win as the sophomore setter dished out a match-high 45 assists. Gifford also compiled 11 digs and two service aces to record her team-leading 11th double-double of the season.
Despite the sweep, tonight's match featured 19 tie scores and 11 lead changes. However, the Gulls never trailed in the match in any set after the score reached the 12-12 mark.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Endicott improved to 20-4 overall in the all-time series against Salve Regina.
- The Gulls are 11-2 at home this season.
- Defensively, Endicott featured three student-athletes with double-digit digs including Gifford (11), Cydney Pierce (Carpinteria, Calif.) and Mareena Clotfelter (Poulsbo, Wash.) who logged 15 (match-high) and 10 digs, respectively. It marks the third time in a three-set match the Gulls have had three student-athletes record 10-plus digs in a match.
- Gifford recorded 40 or more assists for the seventh time in a match this season, and second time this year with 40 or more in a three-set sweep (9/16, 11/2).
FOR THE FOES
- Annie Donahue (Chelmsford, Mass.) led the Seahawks with 10 kills on 24 swings (.250).
- Samantha Higgins (Coventry, R.I.) added seven kills, while Kendall Wilcox (Pomfret, Conn.) and Cassidy Trabilcy (Phoenix, Ariz.) chipped in with six apiece.
- Samantha Salwa (Ellington, Conn.) registered 25 assists and eight digs.
- Trabilcy also had a team-high 12 digs, while Kathryn Linekin (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Morgan VanderBaan (Douglas, Mass.) had 11 and 10 digs, respectively.
Match recap courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
CCC WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All matches hosted by higher seed
Quarterfinals – Tuesday, Oct. 31
Semifinals – Thursday, Nov. 2
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 4
#2 Endicott at #1 Roger Williams, 2:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
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.