No. 3 Newbury & No. 5 Bay Path Advance to the NECC Women's Volleyball Semifinals

No. 3 Newbury & No. 5 Bay Path Advance to the NECC Women's Volleyball Semifinals

Attleboro, Mass. - Fifth seeded Bay Path University upset fourth seeded Lesley University 3-1 to advance to the NECC Semifinals. The Wildcats will travel to top seeded Regis College in the Semifinals, Friday November 4th at 5:00pm. 

Third seeded Newbury College advances with a 3-0 win over Becker College. The Nighthawks are set to face second seeded Daniel Webster College in the NECC Semifinals, November 4th at 7:00pm. 

#5 Bay Path 3, #4 Lesley 1 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After dropping the first set, fifth-seeded Bay Path University stormed back to win the next three and upset fourth-seeded Lesley University 3-1 in New England Collegiate Conference First Round action tonight at the Nicholas Athletics Center. 

The Wildcats will advance to the NECC Semifinals and battle top-seeded Regis College at 5:00p on Friday night. The Lynx see their season come to a close with a record of 9-15.

Bay Path junior Lauren Vallee led the charge for the visitors with 15 kills, nine digs, one solo block, and a trio of block assists. Classmate Ashlee Connors added eight kills and anchored the defense with a match-high 19 digs while sophomore Lexi Cears dished out 37 assists to go with 17 digs. Senior Paige Marshall and sophomore Taylor Heinbokel finished with seven kills apiece.

Lesley junior Kaylee Deluga paced the attack for the Lynx with a double-double of 18 kills and 11 digs, while swinging .359 and adding two solo blocks and one block assist. Fellow junior Sarah Hollis slammed down a career-high 15 kills on a .312 hitting percentage while classmate Anni Abbruzzese completed a double-double of her own with 11 kills and a team-best 17 digs. Senior Vera Bednar dished out a match-high 40 assists while senior Jessica Reynolds and freshman Wing Li dug out 16 and 15 balls, respectively.

Leading 10-9, Lesley would take control of the first set with a 12-6 spurt to extend the advantage to 22-15. A brief 3-0 run would bring the Wildcats to within four, 22-18, before a Bay Path error followed by a Reynolds kill and Hollis ace would seal the first 25-19 in favor of the hosts. 

An ace from Bay Path senior Aaliyah Gordon would give the visitors a 23-18 advantage late in the second before Lesley climbed back in with a late surge. A pair of Hollis kills sandwiched between a Deluga slam followed by a Hollis ace brought the Lynx to within one, 24-23, but the Wildcats would end the spurt and the set with a Vallee kill to even the match at 1-1.

Bay Path would seize the momentum from the second set and carry it into the third and open up a 16-9 lead. The Lesley offense would get back into gear behind the serve of Reynold and pull within one with a 6-0 run. The Wildcats would bounce back and use a 9-4 streak to close out the set and stake a 2-1 match lead after closing out the set 25-19.

Lesley would pull ahead early on in the fourth set as an Abbruzzese kill capped a 6-2 run to open play. The game of runs would continue, however, with Bay Path answering back with a 10-2 spurt to develop a 12-8 advantage. Bay Path would not surrender their lead throughout the remainder of play, holding off a late Lesley push, to claim the match 3-1 with a 25-22 fourth set victory.

The win marks the first for the Wildcats in postseason play since the 2011 season.

Courtesy of Lesley Athletics Communications.

#3 Newbury 3, #6 Becker 0

BROOKLINE, Mass. - Senior Courtney Banks had arguably her strongest match of the year, matching a season-high 22 kills, while hitting .583 with just one error, in the Nighthawks 3-0 victory over the Becker College Hawks in the Quarterfinals of the NECC Tournament at Pappas Gymnasium.

Banks had nine kills on 13 attacks in the final set with no errors; totaling a blistering attack percentage of .692. Fellow Nighthawks Kataya Sykes finished with 11 kills, hitting .458 on the evening.

In the opening set, both sides traded points early, but a 5-0 Nighthawks run, with two aces by Julia Leggett gave Newbury a 12-10 lead. Six straight points for the Nighthawks, including two Banks kills, would open up the set for Newbury, who now led 18-10. The Hawks would try to gain some momentum on a pair of kills by Cheyenne Melanson, but Newbury would finish the set on a 7-2 run to win the opening frame, 25-14.

In set two, the two teams would again trade early points, this time with Becker taking the 12-8 edge, with the help of two kills each for Kayla Dupree and Micaela Rice. Newbury would again get on a run, winning the next seven points, including two aces by Marlen Reynoso to overtake the lead 15-12. The Hawks would keep it within three, until 20-17, when the Nighthawks finished the set winning five of six points, including two kills by Gabby Aldaco, taking the second set 25-18.

In the final set, a series of four aces by Aldaco and three kills by Banks would give the Nighthawks a 10-2 lead. The teams would play evenly through the middle of the set, but the early Nighthawks advantage only sustained itself, now at 18-8. Senior Lindsey Clark capped of the set with the final kill, giving Newbury the final set, 25-13.

For the Nighthawks, Reynoso finished with 29 assists and a career-high 19 digs, in her sixth double-double of the season. Leggett also turned in 19 digs, to go along with five aces, while Clark had 11 digs. Aldaco finished the match with four aces.

For Becker, Dupree finished with seven kills, hitting .316. Charlene Landry finished with 16 assists and five digs. Sofia Cullina had a team-high 10 digs, while libero Brittany Bullis had nine digs and two aces.

The victory for the Nighthawks is their fifth straight as their season continues. The Nighthawks will travel to Daniel Webster College on Friday, Nov. 4 for a match against the Eagles; the only regular-season conference loss for the Nighthawks. The semifinal between the Nighthawks and Eagles is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.

Courtesy of Newbury Athletics Communications.

First Round – Tuesday, November 1st

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

Semifinals – Friday, November 4th

Game 3: #5 Bay Path @ #1 Regis - 5:00 p.m.
Game 4: #3 Newbury @ #2 Daniel Webster – 7:00 p.m.

Championship – Sunday, November 6th

Game 5: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner – TBA