Ephs set to host NCAA Volleyball Regional This Weekend
2013 NCAA Tournament
Friday, November 15
Saturday, November 16
Sunday, November 17
Roger Williams (31-3) 3, St. Joseph's (Long Island) (21-13) 0 (25-13, 25-7, 25-13)
UMass Boston 3 (22-15) vs. Wellesley 0 (28-7) (26-24, 25-17, 25-16)
Springfield 3 (26-5), Baruch (19-17) 0 (25-18, 25-8, 27-25)
Williams 3 (26-4), SVC 0 (12-9) (25-7, 25-12, 25-18)
UMass-Boston (23-15) 3 vs. Roger Williams (31-4) 1
Williams 3 (27-4), Springfield 2 (26-6) (25-21, 20-25, 18-25, 25-20, 15-11)
UMass-Boston 3 (24-15) vs. Williams 1 (27-5) (19-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-16)
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College volleyball will begin its quest for a national championship when it hosts the Williamstown, MA Regional of the 2013 NCAA Div. III Tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Chandler Gymnasium.
Fans can pick between two ticket packages. The all-session pass for Friday is $12 for adults, $10 for students and $7 for students under 12. Children under 2 and accompanied by a paying adult will be allowed in free. A single session ticket will cost $6 for adults, $4 for students and $3 for children under 12.
The Friday slate of matches looks likes this: At 12:30 p.m., St. Joe's tangles with Roger Williams. At 3, UMass-Boston and Wellesley play. At 5:30 p.m., Baruch takes on Springfield and at 8 p.m., Southern Vermont will face-off against host Williams.
The two Saturday matches between the Friday winners will start at 2:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday's regional final is slated to begin at 3 p.m.
Here's a closer look at the teams:
The host Ephs are making their 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, their first since 2009.They got here by sweeping Bowdoin in three sets in the NESCAC Tournament championship, their first NESCAC title since 2009. Williams finished a perfect 10-0 in conference play this season.
The Ephs are led by senior captain Emily Doll and first year outside hitter Tori Jasuta. Jasuta was selected as the 2013 NESCAC Player and Rookie of the Year by the league's coaches. She stormed onto the collegiate scene, leading the conference with 3.98 kills per set, while ranking fourth with a .322 hitting percentage. She also ranks ninth with 3.58 digs per set. asuta is the first rookie in league volleyball history to be named Player of the Year and the first player in league volleyball history to receive Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season.
Doll, junior Raea Rasmussen, sophomore Ryan Farley and Jasuta also earned All-New England honors as selected by the AVCA. Doll ranks second on the squad with 281 kills, third with 226 digs and fourth with 42 blocks. Farley averages 10.60 assists per set for the potent Eph offensive attack that hits over .275 as a team to go along with 44 blocks.
Southern Vermont returns to the NCAAs for the third-straight year, going 12-8 through the 2013 regular season and conference tournament. The Mountaineers are looking to build upon the team's 2012 performance during which SVC won its first-ever set in an NCAA match in a Regional tilt against Middlebury College.
junior Jessica Delgado, an outside hitter, was named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Player of the Year, the third consecutive year a Mountaineer had earned that distinction. Delgado was also named to the All-NECC First Team while senior Carrie Baltazarwas selected to the Second Team for the second year in a row.
Delgado led SVC in hitting percentage. In eight conference matches, she averaged 3.72 kills per set with a .248 hitting percentage. The junior ranked second in the NECC with 25 service aces and ninth in digs, averaging 3.66 per set. Baltazar recorded 2.07 kills and 2.34 digs per set while also chipping in with 1.21 assists per game.
The Golden Eagles are making their third-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, and come in on a three-match win streak after capturing the Skyline Conference Championship in a five-match thriller over Sage Colleges. For the St. Joe's it is its third Skyline championship in the history of the program and the first since the 2003 season.
Heather Ferchland, a sophomore middle hitter, and Julianne Tierney, a junior setter, were named First Team All-Skyline Conference. Golden Eagles' coach Tobey Pantophlet earned the conferences' Coach of the Year honor. Ferchland is St. Joe's top hitter with a percentage of .342 and leads in kills with 3.06 per set. Junior Melissa Garibaldi is second on the team with 205 kills. Freshman Taylor Ahmed leads with 328 digs.
The Hawks (30-3) earned their way to the tournament via winning The Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship this past Saturday against Endicott College. The Hawks defeated the Gulls 3-0 to win their fifth straight conference title and earn their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth.
Senior Krystie Luczynski was selected as the Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year while teammate Brittany McMullen was named the CCC Rookie of the year. Luczynski is currently ranked fourth in the nation with a .411 hitting percentage. The senior is currently hitting .420 overall, whichs tops the conference. She ranks in the top three in four other categories in the CCC: first in blocks (86), second in blocks per set (0.85) and kills (333), and third in kills per set (3.20)
The Beacons are making their 5th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after winning their fifth straight Little Conference Championship. They were the 2012 NCAA Regional champions and earned a right to play in the Elite 8.
Freshman Julia Murphy was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Little East while freshman libero Elizabeth Glavan was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the conference.
Also earning First Team All-Conference honors was Murphy and junior Kirsten Morrison while on the second team it was Glavan, freshman Patsy Boland senior Megan Pollock , and senior Corrine Porter.
Murphy is one of the top hitters in the conference with her .300+ hitting percentage. Glavan sits as the top libero in the Little East averaging nearly six digs per game.
Wellesley is returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. The Blue enter the regional as the runner-up in the NEWMAC after falling to Springfield in five sets in the championship match Sunday.
Earning All-Conference accolades for the Blue were junior Sydney Carfagno, senior Traci Hamanaka, and junior Caitlin Laughlin. Carfagno was named to the NEWMAC first-team, while Hamanaka and Laughlin were second-team All-NEWMAC selections.
Carfagno leads the Blue in kills (426), kills per set (3.74), points (508.5) and points per set (4.5). She is second on the team in digs (359), aces (56), and blocks (47). Hamanaka leads the team in digs (470) and digs per set (4.23).
The Bearcats will be making their fourth-ever appaearance in the NCAA and will be playing Springfield for the first time in women's volleyball team history. Baruch clinched an NCAA berth by defeating rival Hunter in five sets to win the CUNYAC Championship Tournament.
Rebecca Peralta, was named a First Team All-Star for the second straight year after averaging 3.03 kills per set (363) and totaling 232 digs. She also led the team with 70 aces.
McKenzie Davidson was also named First Team while Crystle Dela Cruz was a Second Team selection. Amy Sung was voted Liberio of the Year. Dela Cruz is averaging 8.7 assists per set, while Davidson rolled up 360 kills, second on the team to Peralta. Sung has 372 digs, averaging 3.61 per set.
The Pride has won three NEWMAC Championships in the past six seasons, with titles in 2008 and 2011. This also will mark the fourth-straight trip the NCAA Championship for the Pride, having earned at-large berths in 2012 and 2010 to go along with its automatic berth in 2011. They defeated Wellesley in five sets Sunday.
Springfield College senior Tessa Smolinski was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year, while freshman Lauren Holt was selected as NEWMAC Rookie of the Year.
Smolinski becomes the seventh player in program history to receive NEWMAC Player of the Year recognition. The senior outside hitter has had another remarkable campaign, totaling a team-best 341 kills on a .310 clip. She leads the team with 304 digs and has added 27 aces and 27 blocks. Holt registered 294 kills and hit at a .371 clip.