SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Fifth seed Salve Regina and seventh seed University of New England both captured road victories to advance into the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Semifinals. They will face top seed Endicott and third seed Western New England, respectively, as both the Gulls and Golden Bears held serve at home.
Salve Regina defeated fourth seed Wentworth, 3-0, in the upset win. The Seahawks set the pace for the night in an epic first set, which they won 30-28. They won the next two sets, 25-19 and 25-18, to finish off the sweep.
It took four sets for the Nor'easters to defeat second seed Roger Williams, ending the Hawks' seven-year CCC Championship run. After splitting the first two sets, UNE won the third set by a narrow 25-23 margin. The visitors then needed 27 points to finish off the fourth and final set, winning 27-25.
In the other two quarterfinal matches, Endicott came away with at 3-0 win over eight seed Curry and Western New England defeated sixth seed Gordon by an identical 3-0 score.
Both semifinal matches are set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 with the Gulls hosting the Seahawks and the Golden Bears hosting the Nor'easters.
The winners of the two semifinals will advance to the CCC Championship match, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5. The CCC Tournament Champion will earn the Conference's automatic bid into the 2016 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament.
#1 Endicott 3, #8 Curry 0
BEVERLY, Mass. – The top-seeded Endicott women's volleyball team defeated eighth-seeded Curry College, 3-0, by scores of 25-21, 26-24, and 25-19 to advance to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Semifinals on Tuesday night inside MacDonald Gymnasium.
Tori McIntyre (San Diego, Calif.) and Emma Mancini (Lynnfield, Mass.) led the way for the Gulls as the duo combined for 30 kills and a .375 hitting percentage. Lauren Sheehan (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) also chipped in with nine putaways and three blocks (one solo), while Mareena Clotfelter (Poulsbo, Wash.) facilitated the offense with a team-high 24 assists alongside 10 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.
Curry challenged Endicott in the first two sets, holding leads as late as 11-10 in the first and 24-23 in the second before the Gulls pulled away down the stretch in each one. In the second set specifically, Endicott used a kill from Clotfelter as she dumped the team's second touch quickly over the net to make it 24-24, while McIntyre powered home back-to-back kills to take the set, and give the Gulls all the momentum they needed to wrap up the match swiftly in the third, 25-19.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- McIntyre finished with 17 kills on 31 swings (.452), 13 digs, two assists, and one service to record her team-leading 13th double-double of the year.
- Mancini registered 13 kills on 33 swings (.303) to go along with seven digs, two services, and one assist.
- Both McIntyre and Mancini combined for 14 kills alone in set one.
- Zoey Gifford (Natick, Mass.) had 17 assists and seven digs, while Erika Trudon (Coventry, Conn.) compiled 11 digs, one assist, and a service ace.
- As a team, the Gulls notched 51 kills and hit .354 to remain unbeaten against Curry in program history (7-0).
- Endicott hit .285 or better in every set including a match-high .438 in the third.
- Tonight's match featured 10 lead changes and eight ties.
- Endicott has now won 20 or more matches in 12 seasons in program history.
FOR THE FOES
- Grace Stafford (West Yarmouth, Mass.) paced all student-athletes with 21 kills (.318) and 11 digs.
- Alyssa Keeney (Coventry, Conn.) guided the attack with a match-high 30 assists in addition to seven digs.
- Nicole Grambley (North Attleboro, Mass.) aided the offense with eight kills and nine digs, while Nicole Rice (Woburn, Mass.) tallied six putaways of her own.
- Courtney Carroll (Fairhaven, Mass.) also collected a team-high 12 digs in the loss.
Game story courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
#7 University of New England 3, #2 Roger Williams 1
BRISTOL, R.I. - The #7 seed University of New England pulled off an opening round upset over the second-seeded Roger Williams University Women's Volleyball with a 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 27-25) win over the Hawks Tuesday evening in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Quarterfinals.
The victory for UNE not only ends Roger Williams' bid for an eighth straight Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship, it halts a 15-match winning streak for the Hawks over UNE.
The Nor'easters kicked off the postseason with four straight points for a quick advantage. Roger Williams came back to tie the set at five apiece, but UNE came right back with a kill by Grayson Szczepaniak (Lakewood, Ohio). Roger Williams later managed to use a five-point swing to go on top 14-12, but failed to hold on to the lead. The Nor'easters kept the Hawks at arms' length but never let RWU regain the lead. UNE closed the set out with three straight points to take the opening set 25-21.
The second set saw the Hawks slightly pull away from UNE early to get a small cushion. RWU broke a three-all tie with a 9-4 run to go up by five. From there, Roger Williams would hold off the Nor'easters the rest of the way, not allowing them to go back on top. UNE managed to make it a 20-21 deficit, leading to a Hawk timeout. After the break, RWU ended the set on a 4-2 run to knot the match at one apiece.
The third set was very close early on, with neither team managing to pull away from one another. UNE broke a nine-all tie with a kill by Bekah Mather (Sandy, Oregon) and held the advantage for the next few minutes. RWU later came back with a block by Molly Quilty (Duxbury, Mass.) and Lara LoIacono (Lynbrook, N.Y.) to go up 18-17. The turning point came with RWU leading 21-19, as four straight Hawk attack errors put the game back in UNE's favor, allowing them to earn the 25-23 win.
The fourth set went back and forth all game, with 13 ties and six lead changes in addition to no team leading by more than three all set. Trailing 20-22, Roger Williams utilized three consecutive attack errors by UNE to go up by one. However, back-to-back RWU errors after a UNE timeout brought the Nor'easters to match point. Both teams traded points over the next three serves before UNE put the match away with a block by Szczepaniak and Kristen Falcinelli (Silver Spring, Md.), followed by a match-ending kill by Katie Flynn (Merrimack, N.H.).
Szczepaniak led the match with 12 kills and five block assists, with Maddy Blake (Brookline, N.H.) adding 11 kills and 19 digs. Nikki Mathewson (Merrimack, N.H.) led UNE with 22 digs, while Falcinelli finished with 38 assists.
Quilty led the Hawks with 11 kills and six blocks (one solo, five assists). Kristen Boyer (Ephrata, Pa.) went for six kills and 14 digs, while Maria Batas (Merrick, N.Y.) had 27 digs. Julia Fields (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and Emiley Melillo (Seattle, Wash.) had 16 and 17 assists, respectively.
The University of New England (14-12) will travel to the #3 Western New England this Thursday. Roger Williams closes out the 2016 campaign at 19-8.
Game story courtesy of the Roger Williams Sports Information Department.
#3 Western New England 3, #6 Gordon 0
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The third-seeded Western New England University volleyball team secured a spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament semifinals with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-12) victory over sixth-seeded Gordon College this evening in the quarterfinal round at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.
• Freshman outside hitter Ashley Matthews (Salem, N.H.) led a balanced Western New England attack with eight kills, while also adding four digs and a pair of aces.
• Junior middle hitter Carly Skibinski (Milford, N.J.) recorded eight kills to go with four blocks (one solo).
• Senior setter Jenna Leuck (Dumont, N.J.) finished with 27 assists, eight digs, one kill and one block.
• Sophomore outside hitter Mackenzie Hinds (Higganum, Conn.) paced the Fighting Scots with a team-high seven kills.
• Trailing 10-7 in the opening set, Western New England took the lead for good with a 5-0 run that featured a trio of Gordon attack errors. Another 5-0 run later in the frame allowed the Golden Bears to extend their advantage to seven (21-14), and they would go on to take the set by the same margin.
• The second set remained close early, with Western New England pulling ahead 12-11 on a kill by junior outside hitter Emmaline Chiodini (St. Louis, Mo.). The Golden Bears never trailed after that point and pulled away late to open up a 2-0 lead in the match.
• With sophomore Emily Woodford (Belchertown, Mass.) at the service line, Western New England raced out to an 8-0 lead in the third set and never looked back. The Golden Bears extended their advantage to ten (11-1) and eventually 12 (22-10) on their way to completing the sweep with a 13-point triumph.
• Western New England hit .183 as a team, while Gordon struggled with a -.010 hitting percentage.
• Tonight's win secures the Golden Bears a berth in the CCC semifinals for the sixth consecutive season. The victory also gives Western New England 20 wins for the first time since 2013 and eighth time in program history.
• The Golden Bears have won five consecutive matches, their second longest winning streak of the season.
• Chiodini, who was named CCC Player of the Week on Monday, posted her eighth straight 10+ dig effort with 13 tonight.
• Matthews has reached her season-high of eight kills three times during the Golden Bears' five-match winning streak. She has also totaled 10+ digs in four of those contests.
Game story courtesy of the Western New England Sports Information Department.
#5 Salve Regina 3, #4 Wentworth 0
BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore Cassidy Trablicy (Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded 12 kills, three aces, and five blocks to help pace the fifth-seeded Salve Regina University women's volleyball team to a 3-0 win over fourth-seeded Wentworth Institute of Technology in a Commonwealth Coast Conference quarterfinal match played at Tansey Gymnasium.
With the win the Seahawks improve to 17-10 and will travel to top-seeded Endicott on Tuesday night for one semifinal match. The Leopards see their best season in program history come to an end with a 23-6 mark.
Salve Regina jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the opening set before Wentworth used a 15-7 run to take a 21-19 lead on a kill from Samantha Lassiter (Rogers, Ark.). After the Seahawks tied it at 21-all, Lassiter recorded a pair of block assists – one with junior Caroline Shea (Abington, Mass.) and the other with junior Katelyn Carlson (Stratford, Conn.) to take a 23-21 lead. Trablicy teamed with freshman Annie Donahue (Chelmsford, Mass.) on a block which tied the set at 24-all and the Leopards had set point at 28-27 after a kill form Shea. However, a service error evened the set at 28-all, junior Samantha Salwa (Ellington, Conn.) and junior Samantha Higgins (Coventry, R.I.) combined for a block, and Trablicy served an ace to give the Seahawks a 30-28 win.
The second set featured nine ties and six lead changes as Salve Regina went ahead 2-0 with a 25-19 win. Both teams went nearly point-for-point in the opening with freshman Claire Quick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) recording a kill to tie the set at 11-all. That sparked a 4-0 spurt which gave the hosts a 14-11 lead after another kill from Quick. The Seahawks tied the set at 16-all, 17-all and at 18-all; all coming on kills from Trablicy. Her kill which tied it at 18-all sparked a 5-0 run which would give Salve Regina the lead for good.
Wentworth took a 7-4 lead in the third set on a solo block from senior Stephanie Nihan (Dracut, Mass.), however a 6-2 Salve Regina run gave the Seahawks a 10-9 lead on a kill from junior Fracesca Testani (Shelton, Conn.). The Leopards battled back to tie the set at 13-all on a block from Lassiter and classmate Leah Rogoz (Woodridge, Ill.) and at 15-all on a kill from Carlson. However, a kill from Higgins started a 10-3 run which closed out the set, 25-18, and gave Salve Regina the win.
In addition to Trablicy, Donahue had nine kills and five blocks, Higgins had five kills and four blocks, and Testani had five kills. Salwa had 31 assists and sophomore Megan Parham (Tulsa Okla.) had 18 digs.
Rogoz had 12 kills, seven digs, and three blocks to pace the Leopards. Quick added nine kills, nine digs, and a block, Carlson had five kills, nine digs, and three blocks, Lassiter had five kills, three aces, and six blocks, freshman Katie Close (Hudson Falls, N.Y.) had 18 assists, and sophomore Lillie Clark (Vista, Calif.) had 11 digs.
Game story courtesy of the Wentworth Sports Information Department.
(Matches hosted by the higher seed)
Quarterfinal – Tuesday, Nov. 1
Semifinals – Thursday, Nov. 3
#5 Salve Reigna at #1 Endicott, 7 p.m.
#7 University of New England at #3 Western New England, 7 p.m.
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 5
Semifinal winners at higher seed, TBA
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 three 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 currently administers championships in 16 intercollegiate sports with that number set to increase next year with the addition of football.