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Women's Volleyball Falls In First Ever NEWMAC Championship Appearance To No. 1 Babson

Women's Volleyball Falls In First Ever NEWMAC Championship Appearance To No. 1 Babson

THE BASICS

Score: Babson 3, Emerson 0

Records: Emerson Lions (20-8) ; Babson Beavers (32-1)

Date: Saturday, November, 9th, 2019

Location: Babson Park, Mass. (Staake Gymnasium)

The Lead: The Emerson Women's Volleyball team fell to the No. 1 seed Babson Beavers 3-0 in their first ever trip to the NEWMAC Championship game.  The Lions defeated No. 2 seeded Wellesley and No. 3 seeded MIT on their way to the title game, but fell to the No. 1 seed Beavers.  

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Emerson

Grace Tepper - 9 Kills, 6 Digs

Logan Steenbergen - 6 Kills

Caroline Bond - 19 Assists, 13 Digs

Babson 

Allie Puccio - 15 Kills, 14 Digs

Jordan Lapins - 10 Kills, 2 Digs

Elizabeth Cameron - 36 Assists, 13 Digs

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The first set was a back and forth affair, with neither side holding more than a four point lead the whole set.  Emerson opened up with a 5-3 lead on a Tepper kill.  Babson came back and knotted the score at 10 a piece.  The Lions and Beavers traded points in the set, until Babson went on a four point run after Albany Alexander (Orlando, Fla.) knotted the score at 16, taking a 20-16 lead.  The Lions rattled off five straight points to take a 21-20 lead, and h eld their lead at 22-21 on a Tepper kill.  Babson took four straight points behind three kills from Allie Puccio to take the first set, 25-22.
  • Babson jumped out to an early lead in the second set, opening up a 12-4 lead after 16 points and bringing Emerson to use their first timeout.  The Lions took the next point out of the timeout, but the Beavers took the next seven points to bring their lead to 19-6.  Babson s Fred five more before the Lions took three straight behind kills from Tepper and Logan Steenbergen (Glenview, Ill.), but the Beavers closed out the set 25-10.
  • Emerson and Babson split the first six points of the third set, with Carolyn Vaimoso getting the lone kill for the Lions. Babson opened up a lead at 10-5 over the Lions, and extended it to 10 at 17-7.  The Lions continued to battle with Jillian Kay(Capistrano Beach, Calif.) and Tepper earning kills to cut the lead to nine.  Babson was able to hold course, and take the victory in the third set 25-14, and the match 3-0.
  • Emerson finished out their season with a loss in the NEWMAC Championship Final.  The Lions defeated both No.2 seeded Wellesley and No. 3 seeded MIT on their way to the final in their first ever playoff appearance.