SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 1 seed Endicott and No. 2 seed Roger Williams will play for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament Championship on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Gulls will host the championship match at 2 p.m.
Endicott swept No. 4 seed Salve Regina to advance to its third championship in four years. Meanwhile Roger Williams will be making its third straight conference championship appearance after defeating No. 3 seed Wentworth 3-1.
The Gulls won the only regular-season meeting between the two teams, 3-1. The Hawks were the only conference team to take a set from the undefeated Regular-Season Champions this year.
The winner of the championship match will be named the 2019 CCC Women's Volleyball Tournament Champion and earn the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship.
#1 Endicott 3, #4 Salve Regina 0
Match recap courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
BEVERLY, Mass. – The Endicott women's volleyball team defeated Salve Regina, 3-0, in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament semifinals by scores of 25-9, 25-21, 25-10 on Thursday night in MacDonald Gymnasium.
Amanda Gilbert (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Nicole Winkler (Southborough, Mass.) paced the Gulls with 10 kills apiece.
Remi Quesnelle (Sunderland, Mass.) also added eight kills, four service aces, six digs, and one block assist, while Colleen McAvoy (Coventry, Conn.) had six kills on eight swings (.625), three service aces, and three blocks (one solo) to aid Endicott in the victory.
Meanwhile, Zoey Gifford (Natick, Mass.) ran the offense behind a match-high 31 assists and Mackenzie Kennedy (Andover, Mass.) guided the defense via a match-high 18 digs.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Endicott improved to 23-4 all-time against Salve Regina.
- The Gulls have won the last eight meetings between the two programs, including the last six by 3-0 scores.
- With tonight's win, Endicott punched its ticket to the CCC Championship for the third time in the last four years.
- The Blue and Green are 10-2 at home this season.
- Endicott pushed its winning streak to seven straight matches.
- In set one, the Gulls dominated play out-hitting Salve Regina, .462 (13K, 1E, 26TA) to .000.
- Meanwhile, Endicott's .462 hitting percentage in set one marks the highest percentage the Gulls have hit in a CCC Semifinals match in program history, dating back to 1999.
- In set two, Endicott raced out to a 17-10 advantage and never looked back.
- The Gulls' ran away with set three after Salve Regina took a timeout at 10-4 via a 10-5 spurt to eventually clinch their spot in the CCC Championship.
- Gilbert hit .450 tonight which marks her third contest this season featuring a .450 hitting percentage or better (min. 10 attempts).
- As a team, the Gulls hit .311 in tonight's win. Endicott is 3-0 when it hits .300 or better in a match this season.
- Eight out of 18 of Kennedy's digs led directly to kills (.444), while eight out of 14 of her receptions correlated in kills (.571).
#2 Roger Williams 3, #3 Wentworth 1
Match recap courtesy of the Roger Williams Sports Information Department.
BRISTOL, R.I. – The second-seeded Roger Williams women's volleyball team returns to the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship for the third straight season after defeating No. 3 seed Wentworth Thursday evening.
Lara LoIacono (Lynbrook, N.Y.): 22 kills, 11 digs, 1 service aces, 1 solo block, 2 block assists
Katherine Pickard (St. Petersburg, Fla.): 13 kills, 2 digs, 1 assists, 1 solo block, 1 block assist
Julia Fields (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.): 39 assists, 16 digs, 1 kill, 2 block assists
Olivia Turcotte (South Kingstown, R.I.): 12 digs, 4 assists, 2 service aces
Grace Kenningham (Houston, Texas): 13 digs, 1 assist
For The Opponents
Leah Rogoz (Woodridge, Ill.): 18 kills, 10 digs, 3 block assists, 2 service aces
Claire Quick (Mission Viejo, Calif.): 14 kills, 11 digs, 1 assist, 3 service aces
Jordan Chapman (Clearwater, Fla.): 29 assists, 14 digs, 2 block assists
Mary Zlotosch (Durham, N.H.): 9 kills, 7 digs, 1 block assist
Samantha Lassiter (Rogers, Ark.): 2 kills, 2 digs, 4 block assists
How It Happened
Roger Williams got off a strong start with a 6-2 run before Wentworth came back to tie things up at nine apiece. With the score knotted at 11, the Leopards rolled off seven straight points to go on top. The Hawks were unable to pull closer than four the rest of the way as Wentworth took the opening set 25-20.
Both sides traded points back and forth early on in the second set. RWU was able to get a little breathing room, using a 7-2 run to break a 5-5 tie and forcing a Wentworth timeout. The Leopards would not go away, eventually pulling within one (16-17) and making the Hawks call a TO of their own. After the break, RWU would score six of the next seven points en route to the 25-20 win.
A 7-2 run for Roger Williams kicked off set three, leading to a Wentworth timeout. Roger Williams would build their lead to seven (17-10) and not allow Wentworth to mount the comeback. RWU would grab the set 25-18.
Wentworth came out strong in the fourth set, beginning on a 6-2 run. RWU would tie it at eight, but the Leopards answered with four straight points. The Hawks would climb their way back into the set and tie it at 19. The turning point came with the set tied at 22. An RWU kill was overturned, then reinstated to put RWU up by one and give them the momentum. RWU's LoIacono would later punch RWU's ticket to the championship with a kill to give RWU the 25-23 win.
2019 CCC WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All games hosted by the higher seed
Quarterfinals – Tuesday, Nov. 5
Semifinals – Thursday, Nov. 7
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 9
#2 Roger Williams at #1 Endicott, 2 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 two 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. In 2020, the conference will expand to 10 full members and 19 championship sports with the addition of Suffolk University and women's ice hockey, respectively.