|NOVEMBER 7 | 7 p.m.
MACDONALD GYMNASIUM • BEVERLY, MASS.
(21-7, 8-0 CCC)
|INTERACTIVE BRACKET | PRINTABLE BRACKET|
NEWPORT, R.I. - Salve Regina University women's volleyball earned the No. 4 seed in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championships and will travel to face No. 1 seed Endicott College in the semifinals.
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LAST TIME OUT
NEWPORT, R.I. - The Salve Regina University women's volleyball team swept University of New England 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-21) in the quarterfinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament. Salve Regina sophomore Nicole Karabaich (Greenlawn, N.Y.) did a little of everything, striking for a match-high five service aces, match-high 18 digs, three kills, an assist, and a block. Junior Andee Bender (Lebanon, Conn.) posted a double-double with a match-high 12 kills and 13 digs and senior Annie Donahue (Chelmsford, Mass.) had nine kills, swinging at a .750 clip and added two solo blocks.
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SEAHAWKS NOTES FROM THE NEST
- Salve Regina junior Katie Linekin (Ridgefield, Conn.) became the eighth player in program history to surpass 1,000 career digs with 33 this past weekend.
- Three Seahawks earned All-CCC recognition; Andee Bender (third team), Annie Donahue (first team), and Nicole Karabaich (second team).
- Donahue has been a first team All-CCC player every season of her career.
- The Seahawks have made the playoffs in each of head coach Lauren Parsons' eight seasons.
- The Gulls defeated Western New England 3-1 on Saturday to wrap up the regular season undefeated in CCC play. The win was also the 400th at Endicott for head coach Tim Byram.
- Zoey Gifford (Natick, Mass.) and Mackenzie Kennedy (Andover, Mass.) were named Player and Libero of the Year, respectively, for the second time in their careers.
- Endicott comes into the match at the top offensive team in CCC play, hitting .274 as a team, while Salve is fourth in league play, hitting .170.
- Endicott has advanced to the CCC semifinals for the 19th straight year as the last time the Gulls didn't make it out of the quarterfinals was in 2000.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Endicott leads the all-time series 22-4 and has won seven in a row over the Seahawks. The last victory in the series for the Seahawks was on November 15, 2014 in the ECAC semifinals. The Seahawks topped the Gulls 3-0 in that game en route to claiming the ECAC Championship.
Winner advances to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship on Saturday, November 9, hosted by higher seed.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Endicott won its second straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Regular-Season Championship with a perfect 8-0 CCC (21-7 overall) record. As the Regular-Season Champions, the Gulls will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming CCC Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament.
As the No. 1 seed, the Gulls receive a bye in the first round of the tournament. They were spectacular in conference play this year, dropping only one set in eight contests.
Roger Williams, the only conference team to take a set from Endicott this year, will be the No. 2 seed in the tournament after going 6-2 in CCC play (13-13 overall). Wentworth also went 6-2 in conference play (21-7 overall) and will be the No. 3 seed in the bracket.
Since the Hawks and Leopards were tied in the conference standings with identical 6-2 records, the league's tiebreaking procedure was required to determine seeding. The Hawks earned the higher seed based on their five-set head-to-head win against the Leopards during the regular season.
Salve Regina went 5-3 in league play (13-14 overall) this year and will be the No. 4 seed, joining Roger Williams and Wentworth as the hosts of the three quarterfinal matches. Those matches are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5.
The Hawks will host No. 7 seed Western New England (2-6 CCC, 12-17 overall), while No. 6 seed Gordon (4-4 CCC, 14-12 overall) visits the Leopards. The Seahawks match up with No. 5 seed University of New England (4-4 CCC, 15-6 overall) in the third quarterfinal. All three matches are scheduled for 7 p.m.
With UNE and Gordon both compiling 4-4 conference records, the tiebreakers were once again needed to determine seeding. The Nor'easters picked up a five-set victory over the Fighting Scots during the regular season, giving them the fifth seed.
Following the quarterfinals, the three remaining teams will advance to the CCC Semifinals where the top-seeded Gulls await. The semifinal round is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7. Endicott will play the winner of the Salve-UNE match, while the other two quarterfinal winners meet in the other semifinal. Game times for those matches will be announced following the first round.
The two semifinal winners will advance to compete in the 2019 CCC Women's VolleyballChampionship match on Saturday, Nov. 9. The winner of the title 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.
2019 CCC WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All games hosted by the higher seed
Quarterfinals – Tuesday, Nov. 5
Semifinals – Thursday, Nov. 7
#4 Salve Regina at #1 Endicott, 7 p.m.
#3 Wentworth at #2 Roger Williams, 7 p.m.
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 9
Semifinal Winners, TBD