ATTLEBORO, Mass. – It came down to the last game of the regular season, but Elms College has earned the No. 1 seed in the NECC Women’s Volleyball Championship. Elms finishes NECC regular season play undefeated at 7-0. The Blazers led the conference in kills per set (11.14) and assists per set (10.27), led by rookie setter Dakota Stewart’s conference leading 8.09 assists per set. With the top seed, Elms has earned a first round bye, and will host the winner of the first round match-up between No. 5 Bay Path University and No. 4 Southern Vermont, on Friday, November 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
The No. 2 seed and other first round bye goes to Lesley University, who finished regular season conference play 6-1, with their only loss coming at the hands of Elms. The Lynx have seen strong play from senior middle hitter Kaylee Deluga, who is averaging 4.26 kills per set in conference play. Lesley will host the winner of the first round match-up featuring No. 6 Mitchell and No. 3 Becker, on Friday, November 3rd at 8:00 p.m.
Due to their win over Southern Vermont on October 3rd, Becker earns the No. 3 seed after finishing the regular season tied with the Mountaineers with a 4-3 record. Becker has played strong defense, and is second in the conference in blocked shots, behind Gillian Criddle’s 0.47 blocked shots per set. Becker will host No. 6 Mitchell College on Tuesday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 4 seeded Southern Vermont will host the No. 5 seed, Bay Path University on Tuesday, October 31 at 7:00 pm. The Mountaineers have seen strong play from outside hitter Liv Sowles, who leads the conference in kills per set with 4.15. Bay Path’s Lauren Vallee is right behind Sowles with 3.73 kills per set, and is leading the conference in hitting percentage at .285.
The semifinal winners will face off in the NECC Championship on Sunday, November 5th at the highest remaining seed.
First Round – Tuesday, October 31st
Game 1: #5 Bay Path University @ #4 Southern Vermont College- 7:00 p.m.
Game 2: #6 Mitchell College @ #3 Becker College- 7:00 p.m.
Semifinals – Friday, November 3rd
Game 3: Game 1 winner @ #1 Elms College – 7:00 p.m.
Game 4: Game 2 winner @ #2 Lesley University – 8:00 p.m.
Championship – Sunday, November 5th
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner – TBD