2010 NECC WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals • Tuesday, November 2
#6 Bay Path (7-13, 2-5) at #3 Southern Vermont (13-8, 4-3), SVC 3-0
#5 Elms (7-19, 3-4) at #4 Newbury (10-16, 4-3), NC 3-2
Semifinals • Friday, November 5
#1 Daniel Webster (17-6, 7-0) vs. #4 Newbury (11-16), DWC 3-1
#2 Lesley (17-9, 6-1) vs. #3 Southern Vermont (14-8), LU 3-0
Championship Match • Saturday, November 6
#1 Daniel Webster (18-6) vs. #2 Lesley (18-9), LU 3-2
#2 Lesley 3, #1 Daniel Webster 2
NASHUA, N.H. – Sophomore middle hitter and tournament most valuable player Amanda McCracken (Eldersburg, Md.) registered a match high 23 kills and seven total blocks as the Lesley University women’s volleyball team held off a wild Daniel Webster comeback to capture the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) tournament championship, 3-2 before over 400 fans at Mario Vagge Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
The second-seeded Lynx (19-8) won their third title in three seasons in a matchup of the past two tournament champions taking the opening sets 25-17 and 25-17 only to watch the to-seeded Eagles (18-7) storm back with 26-24 and 25-16 wins before the Lynx outlasted their hosts 15-8 in the fifth.
All-tournament selection sophomore setter Kate Miller (Leesport, Penn.) dished out 46 assists and added three aces and 11 digs for the Lynx, while Megan Ortwein (Shanghai, China) notched eight kills and nine digs and all-tourney selection senior outside hitter Maeghan Chadwick (Chelmsford, Mass.) added seven kills and eight digs. Caitlin Vandenburgh (Swansea, Mass.) added 22 digs.
Sophomore Chelsey Crawford (Westfield, Mass.) led the Eagles with 17 kills while all-tournament selection and junior setter Caitlyn DePierro (Billerica, Mass.) added 26 assists. Sophomore Emily Travis (Somerset, Mass.) added six kills while junior libero Amanda Wilson (Merrimack, N.H.) pulled in a career high 18 digs.
Lesley’s power game was ultimately too much for the Eagles defense. Lesley finished with a 50-34 advantage in total digs hitting .133 while the Eagles struggled throughout, hitting just .047.
Lesley also owned an important advantage in total digs (59-42) and assists (48-28).
The Lynx looked like they would run away with the title, knocking down 21 kills over the opening two frames and had built a seemingly insurmountable 7-1 lead in the third before the Eagles began an improbable rally that included an 8-2 run to tie the set at nine.
From that point on, the set would feature 13 ties and four lead changes. Lesley was two points from the sweep at 23-22 before a Travis kill tied it. Tied again at 24, a Lynx service error and a DePierro fake set that fell inside let the Eagles alive.
A revived DWC club trailed only twice in the fourth set and dominated hitting .357 with 12 kills while Lesley hit -.034 with just eight kills leading to the nine-point win.
In the fifth, the Eagles jumped ahead 3-0 but three kills from Chadwick and another two huge kills from McCracken sparked a match-changing 9-2 run and a 9-5 lead from which DWC couldn’t recover and a Victoria Ashley kill closed it out at 15-8.
Lesley will move forward to represent the NECC as its first NCAA automatic qualifying team next weekend with a site and opponent to be announced.
The Eagles will learn about a possible ECAC tournament bid on Monday.
The all tournament team also included junior outside hitter Sara Maura Dwyer (Wayne, N.J.) of Danile Wester College, sophomore setter Regina Sibilia (Agawam, Mass.) of Newbury College and junior outside hitter Ashliy Veliz (Glendale, Calif.) from Southern Vermont College.
2010 NECC Women’s Volleyball All-Tournament
MVP: Amanda McCracken (Eldersburg, Md.), So., MH
Lesley: Kate Miller (Leesport, Penn.), So., S
Lesley: Maeghan Chadwick (Chelmsford, Mass.), Sr., OH
Daniel Webster: Caitlyn DePierro (Billerica, Mass.), Jr., S
Daniel Webster: Sara Maura Dwyer (Wayne, N.J.), Jr., OH
Newbury: Regina Sibilia (Agawam, Mass.), So., S
Southern Vermont: Ashliy Veliz (Glendale, Calif.), Jr., OH
Story Courtesy of Daniel Webster