SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 2 seed Wentworth will host No. 4 seed Roger Williams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 after both teams won their CCC Semifinal matches on Thursday (Nov. 1).
The Leopards, which earned a share of the CCC Regular-Season title for the first time this year, swept No. 3 seed Salve Regina, 3-0, in their semifinal. The Hawks had a slightly tougher test to reach the CCC Championship match as they took five sets against No. 1 seed Endicott to earn their championship berth.
Saturday's Championship will be Wentworth's first-ever appearance in a title match, while Roger Williams is making its ninth trip in 10 years. The Hawks had a run of seven straight CCC Tournament Championships from 2009 to 2015.
The lone regular-season meeting between the two teams went four sets with the Leopards coming out victorious by scores of 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, and 25-21.
The winner of the title match will be named the 2018 CCC Women's Volleyball Tournament Champion and earn the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship.
#2 Wentworth 3, #3 Salve Regina 0
BOSTON, Mass. – The Wentworth women's volleyball team is headed to the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship after sweeping the third-seeded Seahawks of Salve Regina University inside Tansey Gymnasium.
As the highest remaining seed, Wentworth (24-4) will host Roger Williams in the Championship match on Saturday at 1 p.m. inside Tansey Gymnasium.
Junior Maddy Tomastik (Portland, Ore.) got the Leopards going on a positive note early in the first set, and recorded her 1,000th career assist as the fourth women's volleyball player to hit a milestone during this historic season.
Junior Samantha Lassiter (Rogers, Ark.) used a kill and an assisted block to score the opening two points of the match, before Salve turned a 7-2 run and stole the lead, 7-4, using two kills from Nichole Karabaich (Greenlawn, N.Y.) and an ace from Madison Lee (Dover, Fla.). The hosts rattled off four unanswered points to take back the advantage and hung on despite a service ace from Erin Procter (Canton, Mass.) at the 11-11 mark. The set experienced three more ties, until junior Leah Rogoz (Woodridge, Ill.) and sophomore Makenna Salsbury (Bel Air, Md.) jumped up for a big block, and pulled the hosts away 21-19. Down but not out, Salve's Cassidy Trabilcy (Phoenix, Ariz.) forced the game into extra points, 23-23, before Karabaich gave the Seahawks a match-point opportunity, forcing a Wentworth timeout. Out of the break, the Leopards readjusted, and prevented the Seahawks from taking set one, as a kill by Lassiter and two Seahawk miscues sealed the first set 26-24 in favor of the hosts.
Both teams battled point-for-point in the middle frame with neither gaining more than a five-point advantage. Rogoz jumped up for a solo block to deny Andee Bender's (Lenabnon, Conn.) attack attempt, giving Wentworth a 21-16 lead, but the Seahawks quickly pulled within two (22-20) with two kills from Trabilcy. Wentworth scored the final three of four points on swings from Rogoz and Mary Zlotosch (Durham, N.H.), to take the middle set 25-21 heading into the final frame.
The Leopards hit .243 as a team in the final set, committing just three errors on 37 swings, and used an 8-2 run to take an 18-10 advantage. Salve turned a 6-2 run of their own, pulling within four points, before a WIT attack error gave the Seahawks hope, down 23-20. Zlotosch set the Leopards up for match point, and the Leopards held off any sort of comeback from Salve with a final blast from Claire Quick (Mission Viejo, Calif.).
Quick was the offensive leader for the Leopards for the second straight match, and smashed 12 kills, nine digs, and a service ace. Rogoz swung into nine kills with eight digs defensively, while classmate Lexie Cambray (Bedford, N.H.) led a strong defensive unit with 14 digs. Each player that saw court time recorded at least one dig, while Tomastik and Clouse dished out 18 and 21 assists, respectively.
Three Seahawks reached double-digits in kills, as Karabaich, Lee, and Trabilcy all swung into a match-high of 10. Megan Parham (Tulsa, Okla.) led on defense with 14 digs, while Proctor served as Salve's primary setter with 29 of 39 team assists.
The 1 p.m. championship match can be viewed at www.wentworthathletics.tv.
Match recap courtesy of the Wentworth Sports Information Department.
#4 Roger Williams 3, #1 Endicott 2
BEVERLY, Mass. - The Endicott women's volleyball team, the No. 1 seed, fell to No. 4 seed Roger Williams 3-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Semifinals on Thursday night to end the 2018 season. With the win, Roger Williams advances to the CCC Championship and will travel to Boston, Mass. to take on the No. 2 seed Wentworth on Saturday.
The Hawks jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after taking the first two sets by scores of 25-22 and 25-20. The visitors were able to hit .278 and .333 in the opening two frames while limiting Endicott to .108 and .067 averages. The Gulls would rally to take the next two, 25-18 and 25-21. Endicott's offense was dominant in the fourth as the Gulls posted 19 kills and a .341 average, setting up a winner-take-all fifth. In the final set, the Hawks would jump out to a 5-2 lead before the Gulls came back to take a 9-5 lead. A run by Roger Williams locked the set at 10-10 before the visitors pulled away for the 15-12 win.
Freshman Colleen McAvoy (Coventry, Conn.) led all players with her 15 kills and .545 hitting percentage in the match. The CCC Rookie of the Year only had three kills through two sets before exploding for 12 in the final three. She was joined by Remi Quesnelle (Sunderland, Mass.) and Alex Dippel (Fallston, Md.) with double-digit kill efforts as Quesnelle finished with 14, while Dippel notched 13.
Quesnelle also posted 11 digs in the loss, as she and setter Zoey Gifford (Natick, Mass.) registered double-doubles on the night, after Gifford finished with 49 assists and 15 digs. Libero Mackenzie Kennedy (Andover, Mass.) finished tied for the match-high with 22 digs.
BEYOND THE BOX
- Seniors Emily Diezemann (Peabody, Mass.) and Emma Mancini (Lynnfield, Mass.) combined for 11 kills, 10 digs and three aces in their last match in an Endicott uniform. Over the last four seasons, the duo has helped to lead Endicott to an 86-43 record overall, and a 30-4 record in CCC play. That 86-43 mark included two CCC Championships and NCAA DIII Tournament appearances.
Match recap courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
2018 CCC WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All matches hosted by higher seed
Quarterfinals – Tuesday, Oct. 30
Semifinals – Thursday, Nov. 1
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 3
#4 Roger Williams at #2 Wentworth, 1 p.m.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one 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.