Newbury and Daniel Webster Advance to the NECC Women's Volleyball Semifinals

Newbury and Daniel Webster Advance to the NECC Women's Volleyball Semifinals

#3 Newbury 3, #6 Bay Path 0

BROOKLINE, Mass. – The third-seed Newbury College women's volleyball team defeated sixth-seed Bay Path University, 3-0, in the first round of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship Tournament, Tuesday evening. They advance to the NECC semifinals against second-seed Lesley University at Regis College, Friday evening.

Newbury came out of the gate strong, jumping out to at the quick 1-0 lead taking the first set, 25-21. Junior middle hitter Courtney Banks (Corona, Calif.)  and sophomore right-side Maya Umoren (Quincy, Mass.) combined to hit .529 with 10 kills on 17 attempts and just one miscue.

The Nighthawks continued to roll in the second set with a 25-20 win to take the two-game lead. Banks posted a set-high four kills on nine attempts for a .444 attack percentage. Fellow junior Gabby Aldaco (Springdale, Ark.)  chipped in with two kills on a five attempts while fellow Arkansas native, sophomore setter Marlen Reynoso (Springdale, Ark.) paced the offense with 11 assists.

But Bay Path was not going to go away quietly, mounting a comeback in the third set, jumping out to quick 3-0 lead following back-to-back service aces by junior outside Jennifer Pham (Springfield, Mass.). It was back-and-forth, barn-burner with a 11 ties and five lead changes.

Late in the set, with the match tied at 20-20, the Wildcats took advantage of Nighthawk errors to take the 24-21 lead. and force second year Head Coach Mark Thomas to call his second time-out of the set. Newbury answered with a 4-0 run to tie the game up at 24 following back-to-back aces by Banks. The Nighthawks went on to take the set, 28-26.

Banks finished the game with a match-high 16 kills on 30 attempts with just two errors for a .467 attack percentage while recording a double-double tallying 11 digs. Umoren was right behind her with a 11 kills on 28 attempts.

Sophomore middle hitter Lauren Vallee (Bristol, Conn.) led the way for the Wildcats with 11 kills on 39 attempts while first year setter Lexi Cears (Agawam, Mass.) paced the Wildcat offense with 12 assists. 

Courtesy of Newbury Athletics Communications.

#4 Daniel Webster 3, #5 Becker 0

NASHUA, N.H. – For a seventh straight season, Daniel Webster will head to the semifinals of the New England Collegiate Conference championship tournament.

Backed by a 10-kill performance by both Courtney Warrington (Canton, Tex.) and Hannah Koehler (Bedford, N.H.) and a combined 14 team aces from the service line, the fourth-seeded Eagles swept past fifth seeded Becker for the second straight season in the playoffs with a 3-0 victory at Mario Vagge Gymnasium Tuesday night. Set scores were an identical trifecta of 25-21.

The Eagles (11-18), who have now won five straight and seven of their last eight, will get another crack at NECC regular season and defending tournament champion this coming Friday night in the league's final four beginning at 6:00 p.m. DWC gave the Pride (20-10, 8-0 NECC) all they could handle in a 3-2 loss back on October 9th.

DWC hasn't defeated Regis since the 2013 season. The Eagles program will be seeking its first trip to the finals since 2010 and first tourney title since 2009.

The second semifinal at Regis will feature second-seeded Lesley against third-seeded Newbury. Semifinal winners advance to the championship on Saturday at Regis beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Becker completed its 2015 campaign 12-16 overall.

Madeline Roulier (Pittsfield, Mass.) posted nine kills to help the Eagle cause and pulled in a team-best 13 digs, while Amanda Gendron (Mont Vernon, N.H.) chipped in with four kills. Nicole Beard (Shelton, Conn.) handed off 27 assists while Brooke Marcotte (Pelham, N.H.) came off the bench to provide a spark with four aces. Both Kaitlyn Mitchell (Voluntown, Conn.) and Meaghan Six(Manchester, N.H.) pulled in 12 digs.

Kayla Dupree (N. Bergen, N.J.) posted seven kills and three aces for Becker while Marissa Turner (Coventry, R.I.) knocked down six kills and three aces. Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine) dished out 19 assists and Brittany Bullis (Stafford, Va.) garnered a match-best 24 digs.

DWC trailed just nine times all evening. The Eagles hit just .089 but were helped by Becker's .051 percentage.

Set one turned on a key stretch. Becker held a 17-13 lead after a pair of kills from Samantha Caouette, but a Warrington kill put her at the line where she rattled off eight straight points including back-to-back Koehler kills and back-to-back Warrington aces to suddenly take command at 21-17. A Marcotte ace and Roulier kill later closed out the 25-21 win.

DWC again fell behind in the second, this time at 9-14 after three straight Eagle attack errors but righted the ship answering with a match-changing 12-1 run that include three Warrington kills, two from Koehler and two aces from Roulier, wo again closed out the 25-21 win with a kill.

The Eagles trailed 3-2 early in the third but took control early on with a quick 4-0 run and never trailed the rest of the way. Becker closed a 19-13 deficit to 21-20 behind a pair of aces and Dupree kill, but three straight kills from Koehler, Roulier and Gendron helped close it out down the stretch.

Courtesy of Daniel Webster Athletics Communications.

Quarterfinals - Tuesday, November 3

Game 1: #3 Newbury 3, #6 Bay Path 1
Game 2: #4 Daniel Webster 3, #5 Becker 0

Semifinals - Friday, November 6 (no. 1 Regis)

Game 3: Daniel Webster vs #1 Regis 
Game 4: Newbury vs #2 Lesley 

Championship - Saturday, November 7 (no. 1 Regis)

Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner