HENNIKER, N.H. --- The Becker College women's volleyball team saw their season come to an end Tuesday evening in the quarterfinals of the New England Collegiate Conference Championship Tournament as they lost a heart-breaker in five sets at New England College at Bridges Gym in Henniker, New Hampshire.
October 30, 2018
Bridges Gym, Henniker, N.H.
Score: NEC 3, Becker 2 (25-19, 25-20, 26-28, 21-25, 15-10)
Records: NEC (14-17) | Becker (12-12)
AT A GLANCE
• Playing in the final match of her storied collegiate career, senior middle blocker Kayla Dupree (North Bergen, N.J. / Bronx High School of Science) tallied a team-high 13 kills with two solo blocks, six digs and one service ace.
• Becker senior outside hitter Veronica Patella-Quinones (Tampa, Fla. / Lake Mary) finished her career with five kills, four service aces and 18 digs.
• Becker freshman libero Joanna Bampi (Peabody, Mass. / Peabody Veterans Memorial) tallied a match-high 26 digs.
• NEC Tihani Ehia (Kaneohe, Hawaii) lead the Pilgrims offensively and set a new program record for kills in one match with 25. Maggie Dadmun (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) had a game-high 35 assists. Julia Ostrov (Mililani, Hawaii) had 4.0 blocks in the contest. Ehia finished with a double-double having 21 digs.
• Down two sets to none, the Hawks were down 20-15 in the third set and were on the brink when they stormed back to take the lead with a 10-4 run. Five rallies later, Becker won the set when Patella-Quinones hit a crucial service ace to give the Hawks a 28-26 to close out the set.
• Becker prevailed in the fourth set, but came up short in the fifth, bringing an end to their season.
• The entire contest saw one team earn a lead but the opposing team would rally as no set was decided by more than six points. The Pilgrims earned an early 7-1 lead in the set one but Becker rallied and closed the gap to one at 7-8. NEC earned a four-point lead on a Jada Small (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) service ace at 10-14 but Becker would respond with seven of the next nine points and take a 17-16 lead. The Pilgrims recorded seven kills down the stretch which powered them to the lead and ultimately the set victory.
• Set two started similarly to the first as the Pilgrims earned an early 1-5 lead. The teams traded points as the lead hovered around the four-point margin until the Pilgrims earned two quick three-point runs. This would give the Pilgrims at 10-point lead. However, the Hawks would close the gap scoring nearly two points to every one Pilgrim point. The lead would be too large to overcome though and the Pilgrims closed out the set and put themselves on match point.
• The story of the third set was tie scores as the teams tied 14 times in the set. With the score at 14-14 the Pilgrims earned six of the next seven points and open up a 15-20 lead. A Becker timeout appeared to nullify the Pilgrim momentum as the Hawks came out the timeout and recorded eight of the next 11 points and tie the set at 23-23. The teams traded a few points to get passed the 25-point mark and Becker strung together two points to win the set with their backs against the wall.
• Set four was a game of runs. The Pilgrims earned a three-point lead; Becker responded with five straight. The teams would trade a point each and then trade three-point runs to give Becker a 9-7 lead. The Hawks would go on a five-point run to take a six-point lead, however the Pilgrims would cut the lead in half at 18-15 after they recorded six of nine points. The Pilgrims would continue to close the gap as it would get down to one at 21-20 but Becker closed out the set by recording the last three points of the set.
• The Hawks would gain an early advantage during the fifth and final set but the Pilgrims would record eight points to Becker's one headed into the halfway point of the set. The Pilgrims held a 3-8 lead which quickly disappeared as Becker would tie the set at 9-9. The Pilgrims would show their resiliency and record six of the last seven points to close out the match.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Becker junior setter Olivia McGuinness (Colchester, Conn. / Bacon Academy) tallied 26 set assists with four service aces, three kills and 12 digs.
• Becker Junior middle blocker Gillian Criddle (Earleville, Md. / Bohemia Manor) finished with seven kills on the night.
• Becker junior outside hitter Sofia Cullina (Deep River, Conn. / Valley Regional) finished with four kills and 16 digs.
• Becker junior right-side hitter Morgan Gould (North Attleboro, Mass. / Tri-County) had eight kills and 14 digs.
The loss sees Becker's season come to an end. Congratulations to the whole team on a great run.
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