2014 NCAA Tournament
Friday, November 14
Saturday, November 15
Sunday, November 16
MIT (28-5) 3, Rivier (28-7) 0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-17)
Bowdoin (22-8) 3, Regis (24-9) 0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-17)
Babson (26-8) 3, Colby-Sawyer (27-9) 0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-23)
Williams (26-4) 3, Sage Colleges (25-7) 0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-23)
Bowdoin (23-8) 3, MIT (28-6) 2 (25-20, 20-25, 25-15, 21-25, 15-13)
Williams (27-4) 3, Babson (27-9) 0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-19)
Williams (28-4) 3, Bowdoin (23-9) 0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-16)
(Williams advances to NCAAs Elite 8)
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College volleyball will begin its quest for a national championship when it hosts the Williamstown, MA Regional of the 2014 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 senior citizens and $3 for children under 12.
The Friday slate of matches looks likes this: At 12:30 p.m., Rivier (28-6) tangles with MIT (27-5). At 3, Regis (24-8) and Bowdoin (21-8) play. At 5:30 p.m., Colby-Sawyer (27-8) takes on Babson (25-8) and at 8 p.m., Sage Colleges (25-6) will face-off against host Williams (25-4).
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 4 p.m.
Here's a closer look at the teams:
The host Ephs are making their 12th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. They got here by besting No. 1 seeded Tufts in a five-set thriller in the NESCAC Tournament championship, their second consecutive NESCAC title. Williams finished 9-1 in conference play this season, losing only to Tufts.
The Ephs are led by seniors Claire Miller (captain), Raea Rasmussen (AVCA All-Northeast Honorable Mention), Emily O'Day and Mandy Schott along with sophomore outside hitter Tori Jasuta and junior setter Ryan Farley.
Jasuta was selected as the 2014 NESCAC Player of the Year by the league's coaches. Jasuta leads NESCAC in kills per set this year with 3.85 and she has tallied 385 kills on the year, second highest total in NESCAC. Jasuta's 3.53 digs per set is tied for ninth in NESCAC and her service aces per set at 0.56 is fourth in the NESCAC. Farley's court sense and setting ability has helped the Ephs compile a league best 12.59 kills per set and a team hitting percentage of .231. Also Farley ranks eighth in service aces per set with 0.51
Rasmussen, Farley and Jasuta also earned All-New England honors as selected by the AVCA. Rasmussen is third on the team in kills per set with 2.03 and leading the team in hitting percentage at .295. Miller is second to Jasuta with 2.34. Schott is second on the team with 282 digs. Junior Katherine Lane leads the team in total blocks with 71.
The Gators are making their third NCAA Tournament appearance and are entering the tournament having won eight of the last 10 and their last two in a row. They are the Skyline Conference champions.
Four Gators were selected All-Skyline Conference. Named to the First Team as an outside hitter for the a record fourth time is senior tri-captain Helen Putriment , while senior Rachel Martin and sophomore libero Siena Wilder earned their first posting on the first team. Sophomore setter and team tri-captain Rachel Liebig was tapped for the Second Team.
Putriment was also an AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention selection. In her 2014 season, she leads the team with her impressive 13 double-doubles. Overall as a Gator, Putriment has 1,352 career kills which is No. 2 only behind the record held by Caitlin (CJ) Ostrowski with 1,411 (2004-2006). She also has 1,693 career digs
The Raiders are making their 6th NCAA Tournament appearance and enter the tournament on a 12-match win streak. They captured their sixth overall and second consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament Championship by defeating Johnson & Wales, 3-1, Saturday.
Rivier had four players selected First Team All-GNAC. Sophomore outside hitter Molly McCormack; sophomore middle hitter Dana Mott, junior setter Emily O'Reilly and freshman liberio Bethany Trevino. Trevino was also named the GNAC's Defensive Player of the year. Mott (2.88) and McCormack (2.67) are both among the top-five in the GNAC in kills per set, while O'Reilly is tops in the conference in assists per set (9.44) and Trevino is second in digs per set (4.38) among league leaders.
The Engineers are making their 16th NCAA Tournament appearance, earning at at-large berth with their 27-5 record. They fell to Babson in the finals of the NEWMAC Tournament, but come in having won seven of their last 10 matches.
Seniors Nicole Gagnier and Jenny Astrachan — in addition to sophomore Megan Gebhard — were tabbed for NEWMAC Women's Volleyball All-Conference accolades. Gagnier was voted Athlete of the Year and earned a spot on the all-conference first team along with Gebhard while Astrachan was placed on the second team.
The eighth player in program history to be named NEWMAC Athlete of the Year, Gagnier currently leads the conference in assists per set (10.58) and assists (1,206) while ranking 16th and 23rd, respectively, in the nation. As an outside hitter, Gebhard is the conference leader in kills per set (4.09) and kills (438) while standing eighth in hitting percentage (.292).
Astrachan, another member of the Cardinal and Gray's outside hitting contingent, was second to Gebhard in kills (367) while placing fourth in kills per set (3.40) in the conference.
The Pride is making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance after winning their first ever NECC Championship. Head coach Scott Wright was named the 2014 New England Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year and four Regis players were named all-conference.
Sophomore Kristina del Rey who was named NECC Tournament MVP, was also added to the All-NECC First Team while teammates freshman Gracie Molinari and freshman Nicole Connolly were named to the All-NECC Second Team. Freshman Tina Lathrop rounds out the All-Conference selections as an Honorable Mention Team member.
del Ray led the Pride with 52 total blocks while also recording 188 kills which was good for third on the team. She also racked up 70 digs. This is the second consecutive season del Rey has earned All-First Team honors. Molinari ranked first on the squad with 215 kills and had a 3.07 kills per set average. She also added 78 digs and 10 total blocks.
Connolly ranked second on the team in kills (214), digs (274) and blocks (43). She also ranked third on the Pride with 47 service aces.
Bowdoin is making its third NCAA Tournament appearance and comes into the regional having won seven of its last 10 matches. The Polar Bears dropped a close 3-2 decision to top-seeded Tufts in the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament.
Three Polar Bears were named All-NESCAC. Sophomore Katie Doherty led the way for Bowdoin, collecting Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors and earning First Team All-Conference. Junior Christy Jewett was also named as a First Team All-NESCAC selection while sophomore Quincy Leech was tabbed as a Second Team All-Conference choice.
Doherty took over at libero early in the season and was outstanding, leading the conference with 552 digs, ranking second in digs/set (5.06) and eighth in service aces (45). Her 552 digs are a new Bowdoin record for a single-season.
Jewett continued to establish herself as one of the top offensive players in the nation, racking up a NESCAC-best 399 kills while standing second in service aces (61) and ninth in digs (300). Leech collects her first postseason honor following a great campaign sparking the Bowdoin attack. The sophomore setter ranked among the top-ten in the conference with 698 assists and 6.40 assists/set. She also posted 199 digs for the Polar Bears.
The Chargers will be making their 7th NCAA Tournament appearance and 4th consecutive. They won their 4th straight North Atlantic Conference title and come into the regional riding an 11-match win streak.
Colby-Sawyer senior Jackie Keating has been named North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Volleyball Player of the Year for the second time in her career. Freshman Lexi Strong has been named Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.
Joining Keating and Strong on the All-NAC First Team are senior Stephanie Vecchio and junior Laura Smolinski. Brett Sayer was named Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season.
Keating has hit .312 or better in 12 of the Charger's 33 matches, while in conference action she averaged a .359 hitting percentage. She ranks in the top four in four categories in the NAC including second in kills (337), third in kills per set (3.01), and fourth in both service aces (50) and digs (349). Strong led the league with 499 total digs and a 4.50 average.
The Beavers are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance. Babson has won six straight matches after claiming its first NEWMAC championship with a grueling five-set (25-23, 25-23, 19-25, 20-25, 15-12) victory over MIT.
All-NEWMAC first-team honoree and junior Mary Donahue leads the Green and White in kills (328), kills per set (2.89) and hitting percentage (.280), while Lorraine Mackiewicz is averaging 2.33 kills and is hitting .257 to go along with 59 total blocks. Junior Alicia Wilde is averaging 1.97 kills, sophomore Jenny Karnes, who earned second-team all-league accolades, leads the team in blocks per set (0.86), and Kseniya Pulido is averaging a conference-best 5.18 per set. Pulido joined Donahue as a NEWMAC First Teamer.
Junior Krissy Robertson was named to the all-conference second team for the second fall in a row after setting new career highs in assists (652) and assists per set (5.48), both of which led the team.