2016 NAC Volleyball Semifinals Set: Top Seeds to Faceoff

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Two North Atlantic Conference (NAC) volleyball quarterfinal matches were played on Saturday, October 29, and the top seeds held. No. 4 Lyndon defeated No. 5 Castleton 3-0 and No. 3 Husson claimed a 3-0 victory over No. 6 UMaine-Presque Isle.

The Hornets and Eagles will now travel to Maine Maritime to compete in the semifinal round which will be played on Friday, November 4. The top-seeded Mariners will take on Lyndon at 6:00 p.m., while No. 2 Colby-Sawyer will take on Husson at 8:00 p.m.

Semifinal winners will square off for the conference championship on Saturday, November 5, at Maine Maritime at 12:00 p.m. 

The NAC Champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2016 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship.

Match Recaps:

No. 4 Lyndon 3, No. 5 Castleton 0 - Boxscore

The Lyndon State College women's volleyball team advanced to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) semifinal match after defeating Castleton University (9-13, 3-5 NAC) 3-0 Saturday afternoon in the Stannard Gymnasium.  The Hornets (11-9, 5-3 NAC) will face top-seeded Maine Maritime Academy (20-7, 7-0 NAC) in Castine, Maine on Friday, November 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Senior Abbey Greene (Exeter, R.I.) led the Hornet offense with 11 kills while adding eight digs. Senior Kelleigh Murtagh (Merrimack, N.H.) recorded a match-high of 13 digs. Senior Gwyneth Stahl (Whitinsville, Mass.) finished with 19 assists, four kills, three aces, and eight digs.  In the third set, Stahl eclipsed the 1,000 assist mark, finishing the match at 1,002 total assists over her four year career.

Senior Cassidy Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) registered a match-high 12 kills with three aces and eight digs.  Senior Alex Madsen (Averill Park, N.Y.) controlled the Spartan offense with a match-high 24 assists while sophomore Jess Grace (Pottstown, Penn.) tallied 10 digs.

The Hornets jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the start of the opening set, but the Spartans came back to tie it at 12-12.  The Hornets took another lead 16-13 before the Spartans rallied for their first lead of the afternoon, taking an 18-16 lead to force a Lyndon timeout.  The timeout refocused the Hornets as they put the pressure back on the Spartans and won the set 25-21.

Lyndon took a 4-1 lead to start the second set but Castleton refused to let the set get away from them, keeping the score close throughout the set.  Castleton was able to tie it up and take a 21-20 lead.  Lyndon took the lead back but were unable to pull away as the score became tied up again at 24-24.  A kill from Greene and a Castleton error gave the set to Lyndon 26-24.

With a 2-0 advantage going into the third set, the Hornets took the first lead again at 4-1.  However, the Spartans stayed tight with them as they tied it up 5-5.  The third set saw 15 ties as neither team could put more than a few consecutive points together.  The Spartans looked as if they were going to push the match to a fourth set with a 23-20 lead, but the Hornets closed the gap and served for match point at 24-23.  After trading points, the Spartans scored two straight points, serving for set point at 26-25.  The Hornets tallied three straight points on a kill by Greene, an ace by Faith Richard (Acushnet, Mass.), and an error by Castleton to win the set 28-26, taking the match 3-0.

--Courtesy of Lyndon Sports Information

No. 3 Husson 3, No. 6 UMaine-Presque Isle 0 - Boxscore

Husson University women's volleyball team defeated University of Maine at Presque Isle in straight sets in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Volleyball Championship Quarterfinal matchup Saturday afternoon inside Newman Gym.

Husson (15-14) started out strong against Maine-Presque Isle (5-27) in the first postseason matchup between the two schools in 14 years by quickly scoring their first 12 points of the first set before allowing the Owls to reach their second point. The Owls would start to come back late in the set, but they could not hold off Husson's tenacious offense as the Eagles won the set 25-14.

The tables turned at the beginning of the second set as UMPI stepped up its defense to keep Husson at bay, holding them at 5-8 early on. UMPI continued to put the pressure on, but the Eagles stayed close behind the impressive offense of Kaitlyn Woods and Bailey Cote to tie it up 18-18 halfway through the second set. Husson battled the Owls for the rest of the set to overtake UMPI with a score of 25-22.

The Eagles kept the momentum going in the third set with an impressive 11-4 run early on with Cote and Riley Mooers supplying strong offense and defense with multiple blocks and kill shots. Husson showed no signs of slowing down as they brought the third set to 17-8 half through the set. Nia Arranaga provided solid defense late in the set for the Eagles, but with impressive showing from Maine-Presque Isle's Abby Jewett helped the Owls start to close the gap at 22-17 but the Eagles didn't give as Husson finished the third set 25-17 to advance to the program's 11th NAC Women's Volleyball Championship Semifinal game.

Cote paced the Husson attack registering 10 of the teams 33 kills on the afternoon, with a .500 hitting percentage. Woods and Arranaga contributed seven and six kills respectively for the Eagles and setter Hanna Hembrow dished out a match-high 28 assists.

On the defensive end, the Eagles were led by Woods and Delaney Chisholm with nine digs apiece, while Marissa Tautimer chipped in with eight digs.  Cote led the way for Husson with four total blocks (1 solo, 3 assists).

Arranaga recorded five aces to become the sixth Eagle in program history with 200 career aces.

Jewett led the Owls with a match-up 14 kills and 10 digs earning her ninth double-double of the season, while teammate Laura Aroz added 11 assists.

Husson travels to Castine, Maine on Friday, Nov. 4 to face second seeded Colby-Sawyer for the right to advance to the NAC Championship Game on Saturday, Nov. 5.

--Courtesy of Husson Sports Information

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2016 NAC VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All start times and dates are subject to change

Quarterfinals • Saturday, October 29
No. 3 Husson 3, No. 6 UMaine-Presque Isle 0 - Boxscore
No. 4 Lyndon 3, No. 5 Castleton 0 - Boxscore

Semifinals • Saturday, November 4 (at Maine Maritime)
No. 4 Lyndon at No. 1 Maine Maritime - 6:00 p.m. Video
No. 3 Husson vs. No. 2 Colby-Sawyer - 8:00 p.m. Video

Championship Match • Saturday, November 5 (at Maine Maritime)
Semifinal Winners (at higher seed) - 12:00 p.m. - Video

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