Home Teams Sweep Their Way Into CCC Women’s Volleyball Semifinals

Home Teams Sweep Their Way Into CCC Women’s Volleyball Semifinals


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – All three of the higher seeds in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Volleyball Quarterfinals came away with 3-0 sweeps on Tuesday, Oct. 30 to advance to the CCC Semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 1.

No. 2 seed Wentworth defeated No. 7 seed University of New England, No. 3 seed Salve Regina knocked off No. 6 seed Western New England, and No. 4 seed Roger Williams disposed of No. 5 seed Gordon. The Hawks will travel to No. 1 seed Endicott for one of the semifinal matchups, while the Leopards will host the Seahawks in the other. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The semifinal winners will meet in the CCC Women's Volleyball Championship match on Saturday, Nov. 3. 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. Start time will be determined following the semifinals.

#2 Wentworth 3, #7 University of New England 0

BOSTON, Mass. – For the second straight season, the Wentworth women's volleyball team is headed to the Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinals after a 3-0 victory over UNE on Tuesday evening inside Tansey Gymnasium.

The Leopards will host a semifinal match for the first time in program history on Thursday with a 7 p.m. start time against Salve Regina.

The second-seeded Leopards took the seventh-seeded Nor'easters by storm with set scores of 25-16, 25-21, and 25-18, hitting above .300 in two of the frames. Wentworth had a solid start to each set, and jumped to a 10-3 lead to open things up. UNE took its first timeout of the match and turned an 8-2 run using kills from junior Paige Simoneau (Hudson, N.H.) and senior Rene Roggenbuck (Goffstown, N.H.), pulling within three at 11-14. Wentworth never surrendered the lead, as junior Claire Quick (Mission Viejo, Calif.) ignited a 6-1 run to lengthen the gap by eight points. The Nor'easters chipped away and wouldn't allow the deficit to reach double-digits, but a final kill from junior Leah Rogoz (Woodridge, Ill.) gave the hosts a 1-0 match lead. 

Junior Maddy Tomastik (Portland, Ore.) used three service aces and a handful of kills from teammate Quick and freshman Mary Zlotosch (Durham, N.H.) to give Wentworth a commanding 10-0 advantage start the second set. The heavy lead wouldn't last long, as the Nor'easters rallied with five straight points in the middle of the set, pulling within a single point, 15-16. The hosts used their first timeout of the match to settle things down, and came out of the break with three unanswered points, forcing UNE to use a timeout in turn. Though Wentworth stayed in front for the set's remainder, UNE would not go quietly, and used two kills from sophomore Syndey Christiansen (Palatine, Ill.) and one apiece from junior Katie Flynn (Merrimack, N.H.) and Roggenbuck to come as close as two points, 21-23. Wentworth, which then burned its final timeout of the set, used back-to-back swings from Rogoz to close the frame, and headed into set three with a 2-0 match lead.

UNE battled with the Leopards from the get-go before an ace from Rogoz gave the hosts a 10-5 advantage in the final set of the evening. After a WIT miscue and junior Katie Marsh (Melbourne, Australia) on the serve, UNE rattled off three unanswered points that gave the Leopards pause, as the hosts called timeout leading 13-10. An attack error from Simoneau put Wentworth in front seven points, a gap which the hosts held until a final solo block from junior Samantha Lassiter (Rogers, Ark.) for the 25-18 final. 

Recently named to the CCC All-Conference Teams, Rogoz and Quick each contributed with yet another double-double in the victory. Quick led the Leopard attack with 14 kills (.343) with 15 digs, while Rogoz followed close behind with 13 kills (.286) and 10 digs. Junior Lexie Cambray (Bedford, N.H.), also an All-Conference selection, added 11 digs defensively, while Tomastik and Zlotosch split setter duties with 23 and 13, respectively. Lassiter, an All-CCC second team selection led the Leopards on the block this evening with two solos and three assisted.

The Nor'easters were paced by seven kills apiece from Christiansen and All-CCC honoree Roggenbuck, with Christiansen also recording a double-double of 10 digs and 20 assists. In a solid defensive effort, four players registered 10 digs or more, led by Simoneau with 14. Sophomore Molly Camelo (Melrose, Mass.) and Marsh joined Christiansen with 10 digs each.

First serve between the Leopards and the Seahawks is set for 7:00 p.m., and the live stream can also be viewed at www.wentworthathletics.tv.

Match recap courtesy of the Wentworth Sports Information Department.


#3 Salve Regina 3, #6 Western New England 0

NEWPORT, R.I. – The Salve Regina University women's volleyball team swept Western New England University 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-23) in the quarterfinal round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament Tuesday evening.

Series and Streaks
The Seahawks have won three in a row in the series but still trail to the Golden Bears 9-7 all-time.

Three Stars of the Match

  1. Salve Regina freshman Nicole Karabaich (Greenlawn, N.Y.) had a match-high 14 kills.
  2. Salve Regina senior Erin Proctor (Canton, Mass.) had match-highs in assists (31) and service aces (4).
  3. Salve Regina senior Megan Parham (Tulsa, Okla.) had a match-high 20 digs.

Key Stat
The Seahawks closed out each set strong with runs of 6-3, 6-1 and 6-1 respectively, and trailed in the second and third sets before making those runs.

Turning Point
The Golden Bears seemingly had the Seahawks on the ropes late in both the second in third sets. In the second set a service ace from Jenna Ferguson (Ellington, Conn.) gave the visitors are 22-19 lead, but the Seahawks answered with a 6-1 run to take the set and a 2-0 lead. After losing an early 5-1 lead in the third, the Golden Bears battled back late to take a 22-20. A service error gave a point back to the Seahawks who then got a kill from Parham on a ball that hung on the net before falling onto the Golden Bear side of the court, and two kills from Karabaich the give the Seahawks match-point, 24-22. A Seahawks attacking error kept the Golden Bears alive, but on the next volley Karabaich buried her 14th kill of the night to complete the sweep and send the Seahawks to the semifinals.

Quick Hits

  • Cassandra Holmes (Ellington, Conn.) led the Golden Bears with nine kills.
  • Kierah Parker (Middletown, Conn.) had a match-high 2.5 blocks for the Golden Bears.
  • Jenna McCormack (Nashua, N.H.) dished out 29 assists for the visitors.
  • The Golden Bears had three players in double-digit digs; Caleigh McDermott (Oakdale, N.Y.) grabbed 13, while McCormack and Ferguson collected 11 and 10 digs respectively.

Next Up
No. 3 Salve Regina (21-8) travels to face No. 2 Wentworth on Thursday, Nov. 1 (7 p.m.) in the CCC semifinals. Western New England's season comes to a close with a final record of 9-20.

Match recap courtesy of the Salve Regina Sports Information Department.


#4 Roger Williams 3, #5 Gordon 0

BRISTOL, R.I. — The fourth-seeded Roger Williams University Women's Volleyball team began play in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament with a 3-0 win over fifth-seeded Gordon College Tuesday evening.

The beginning of the first set saw both team take an early two-point lead over the first few points. With the game tied at six apiece, Roger Williams rolled off five straight points, forcing Gordon to call a timeout. After the break, both teams traded points, but the Hawks would eventually take a 20-10 lead en route to the 25-15 win.

Gordon jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead in the second set before the Hawks tied things up at four. From there, Roger Williams used another 5-0 run similar to the first set, which caused Gordon to take another timeout. However, this time after the timeout, Gordon climbed back into the match, using a 6-2 run to pull within one (10-11). Roger Williams would answer with an 8-1 run over their own, going up by eight. The Fighting Scots pulled within five late in the set, but RWU claimed the game 25-19 for a 2-0 lead.

In the final set, both teams combined for nine ties and three lead changes. The score volleyed back and forth early on in the set with neither team quite able to pull away. RWU scored three straight halfway into the game for a 13-10 lead, but then used another 5-0 run to take an 18-12 lead. Gordon made one late push to come back within four (19-23) but RWU closed out the set 25-19 to make their way into the CCC Semifinals.

Maddie Neuberger (Remsenburg, N.Y.) and Molly Quilty (Duxbury, Mass.) finished with ten kills apiece, with Quilty adding three block assists. Nicki Fallisi (Salem, N.H.) had six kills and two solo blocks, while Julia Fields (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) handed out 35 assists with seven digs.

Mackenzie Hinds (Higganum, Conn.) led Gordon with seven kills while Jenny Curtiss (Larkspur, Colo.) had a match-high 13 digs. Ashley Gergins (Murrieta, Calif.) finished with 21 assists, while Amanda Synder (San Jose, Calif.) had six kills, two aces, and six digs.

With the win, Roger Williams (16-12) will head to top-seeded Endicott College Thursday at 7 p.m. in the CCC Semifinals. Gordon closes out the season at 16-13.

Match recap courtesy of the Roger Williams Sports Information Department.



All matches hosted by higher seed

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, Oct. 30

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

Semifinals – Thursday, Nov. 1

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

Finals – Saturday, Nov. 3

Semifinal Winners, TBD



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.


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