November 4, 2006

Mount Ida Claims Fifth Straight NAC Volleyball Title

November 4, 2006

Mount Ida Claims Fifth Straight NAC Volleyball Title

NEWTON, Mass. (Nov. 4, 2005) - The top-seeded Mount Ida College women's volleyball team captured its fifth-consecutive North Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship by edging Lasell College 3-2 (32-30, 19-30, 28-30, 30-23, 15-13) in a thrilling title match this afternoon at the Mount Ida Athletic Center.

In order to advance to the finals, the Mustangs downed the fifth-seeded University of Maine Farmington 3-0 (30-13, 30-21, 30-10) in the day's first semifinal matchup. Lasell then blanked the third-seeded Maine Maritime Academy 3-0 (30-18, 30-21, 30-19) to round out semifinal play.

As a result of its sixth title in the Conference's seven year history, Mount Ida (20-9, 10-0 NAC) will now receive an automatic bid to the 26th Annual NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship. Regional play opens on Thursday at yet to be determined campus locations.

Senior Adrienne Xenos (Brockton, Mass./Brockton) earned Tournament Most Valuable Player honors for the third year in a row. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by classmate Kristyn Correia (Westport, Mass./Durfee) and freshman Brianne Cobb (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford). Rounding out the squad were senior Angele Lavoie (Epping, N.H.) and freshman Amanda Major (Southbury, Conn.) of Lasell, senior Jenna St. Pierre (Peru, Maine) of Maine Farmington and senior Katie Clapham (Crawford, Maine/Calais) of Maine Maritime.

Mount Ida quickly disposed of Maine Farmington in the first semifinal of the day. Freshman Amanda Pereira (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford) piled up 11 kills, ten digs and three service aces to pace the Mustangs. Classmate Lamesha Shackelford (Randolph, Mass./Randolph) finished with nine kills and three service aces, while Cobb and Xenos contributed 12 digs and six digs, respectively. Mount Ida also received solid production out of its setter duo of sophomore Stephanie Saito (West Linn, Ore./West Linn) and Correia. Saito dished out 19 assists, while Correia added 13.

Senior Sheanna White (Biddeford, Maine) led Maine Farmington (17-9, 6-4 NAC) with five kills. St. Pierre tallied eight assists, and junior Natalie Angers (Biddeford, Maine) recorded six digs for the Beavers.

In the second semifinal, Lasell (19-14, 9-1 NAC) breezed past Maine Maritime behind solid play from Lavoie. The outside hitter racked up 13 kills, seven digs and five aces. Junior Katelyn Rasich (Hellertown, Pa.) registered 19 assists and 15 digs, while Major collected a team-best 18 digs for the Lasers.

Clapham paced the Maine Maritime (14-8, 8-2 NAC) attack with nine kills and 23 digs. The Mariners also got solid play from senior Katie Denham (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton LaSalle), who tallied six kills. Junior Becca Allen (Bucksport, Maine/Bucksport) chipped in with ten assists and seven digs, while sophomore Jessica Whittaker (Calais, Maine/Calais) and freshman Michelle Ferry (Princeton, Maine/Woodland) delivered 13 and ten digs, respectively.

Mount Ida and Lasell met in the NAC Championship for the fourth year in a row. In a memorable performance, the Mustangs came back from a late deficit to take the first game 32-30. After the Lasers won the next two games to put themselves in front 2-1, Mount Ida claimed the fourth game to set up a deciding fifth game. It was there that the hosts held on for a narrow 15-13 win to secure the title.

Pereira again came up big, as she picked up her second double-double of the day. She collected a career-best 20 kills along with 17 digs, while classmate Lauren Biondo (Coventry, R.I./Coventry) exploded for a career-high 16 kills, 12 digs and three aces. Saito recorded 37 assists and 12 digs, while Cobb and Xenos racked up 30 digs and 12 kills, respectively. Correia rounded things out with a 24-assist, 15-dig performance.

Today's Championship match marked the Mustangs final contest in the NAC, as they will participate in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference starting next fall. The program closed out its eight-year stint in the league with a regular season record of 51-6. It captured victories in its last 38 contests versus league foes.


2006 NAC Volleyball Champions - Mount Ida College

NAC Volleyball All-Tournament Team

Tournament MVP: Adrienne Xenos, Mount Ida
Kristyn Correia, Mount Ida
Brianne Cobb, Mount Ida
Amanda Major, Lasell
Angele Lavoie, Lasell
Jenna St. Pierre, Maine Farmington
Katie Clapham, Maine Maritime

NAC Volleyball Tournament

Quarterfinals - Wednesday, November 1 at higher seeds
(8) Elms 0 at (1) Mount Ida 3
(7) Husson 0 at (2) Lasell 3
(6) Becker 0 at (3) Maine Maritime 3
(5) Me.-Farmington 3 at (4) Lesley 2
         
Semifinals - Saturday, November 4 at Mount Ida
(5) Me.-Farmington 0 at (1) Mount Ida 3
(3) Maine Maritime 0 vs (2) Lasell 3
         
Championship - Saturday, November 4 at Mount Ida
(2) Lasell 2 at (1) Mount Ida 3
 


Mount Ida Blanks Elms, 3-0; Mustangs advance to NAC Semifinal 

NEWTON, Mass. (Nov. 1, 2006) - The top-seeded Mount Ida College women?s volleyball team sprinted to a 3-0 (30-28, 30-17, 30-16) victory over eighth-seeded Elms College this evening in North Atlantic Conference Tournament Quarterfinal Round action at the Mount Ida Athletic Center.

The Mustangs (19-9, 10-0 NAC) 36th-straight triumph over a league foe vaulted them to Saturday's NAC Semifinals, where they will meet the winner of the match between the fifth-seeded University of Maine Farmington and fourth-seeded Lesley University.

Both Semifinal contests, as well as the NAC Championship will take place on Mount Ida's home floor on Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Mustangs, who have appeared in the NAC Championship in each of the league's first seven seasons, will look to capture their fifth-straight league title and sixth overall.

Senior Adrienne Xenos (Brockton, Mass./Brockton) paced Mount Ida with ten kills and five service aces. The Mustangs also got a boost from freshman Amanda Pereira (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford), who recorded seven kills and 16 digs. Classmates Lamesha Shackelford (Randolph, Mass./Randolph) and Lauren Biondo (Coventry, R.I./Coventry) totaled six kills apiece, while sophomore setter Stephanie Saito (West Linn, Ore./West Linn) piled up 31 assists and eight digs.

Elms wrapped up its 2006 campaign with an overall mark of 7-17. The Blazers posted a 3-7 mark versus league opponents and advanced to the NAC Tournament for the fourth time in the last five years.

The Blazers received solid production from freshman Chie Inoue (Kochi, Japan/Sakawa), who tallied 15 digs. Classmate Kimberly Phillips (Randolph, Mass./Blue Hills Regional) dished out ten assists, while fellow freshmen Amanda Konsewicz (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) and Melissa Clark (Chicopee, Mass./Chicopee Comprehensive) finished with four blocks and six kills, respectively.

Lasell defeats husson; Advances to NAC Semi-finals

Newton, MA - Senior Angele Lavoie (Epping, NH) and sophomore Nicole Wetterman (Dighton, MA) led the offense last night with 12 kills a piece as the Lasers advance to the NAC semi-finals after defeating #7 seed Husson College 3-0 (30-14, 30-20, 30-28). Junior setter Katelyn Rasich (Hellertown, PA) had 25 assists on the night and rookie Amanda Major (Southbury, CT) led in digs with 17.

For Husson, sophomore Rachel Russell (Trenton, ME) had a team leading 10 kills while rookie Kary-Anne Cyr (Bristol, RI) led in digs with eleven.  Sophomore Cassandra O?Neil (Manchester, NH) also played well adding seven kills and two blocks.

Husson finished the season 14-10 overall and 5-5 in the NAC.  Lasell improves to 19-13 overall, 9-1 in the NAC and will face the University of Maine at Farmington Saturday afternoon at Mount Ida College at 12:00 p.m. in the NAC semi-final match.

Lady Mariners defeat Becker Hawks to advance to NAC semifinal

The MMA Lady Mariners took on the Becker College Hawks in a North Atlantic Conference quarter final game tonight in Castine. It was the Lady Mariners who came out on top by the score of 3-0, advancing to take on NAC regular season winner Mt. Ida College in the NAC semi finals on Saturday at noon.

Game scores from tonight's quarter final game against Becker were 30-18, 30-13, and 32-30.

Leading the way for the Lady Mariners were Katie Clapham (Crawford, ME) with 15 kills, 27 total attacks and 6 service aces, Amy Young (Cumberland, ME) with 7 kills, 19 total attacks, 3 service aces and 2 blocked shots. Becca Allen (Bucksport, ME) also added 4 kills, 11 total attacks, and 30 assists.

For the visitors, Rachel Pinak (Buffalo, NY) had 10 kills, 38 total attacks and 2 blocked shots, and Jade Vega (Milford, MA) added 6 kills, 23 total attacks and 7 assists.

The Lady Mariners up their season record to 14-7, and the Becker College Hawks end their season at 10-16. Next up for the Lady Mariners is a noon NAC semifinal game against Mt. Ida at Mt. Ida College. The NAC final is scheduled for 2:00pm, also at Mt. Ida.

U-MAINE FARMINGTON DEFEATS LESLEY 3-2 TO ADVANCE TO THE NAC SEMIFINALS

CAMBRIDGE, MA - After a grueling four games the University of Maine at Farmington defeated Lesley University 15-13 in the fifth game to advance to the NAC women's volleyball semifinals.  The Beavers will face defending NAC Champs and the #1 seeded Mount Ida College Mustangs in the semifinals at Mount Ida on Saturday, November 4th.

Lesley University played probably their best game of the year and had Maine Farmington at match point in the forth game.  Maine Farmington blew a 5 point lead late in the fourth game and after having three game points in a row suddenly they were facing a match point at the hands of Lesley.  Lesley was unable to close out the match in the fourth game as Farmington won it 32-30 to force a deciding fifth game. 

In the fifth game Farmington once again jumped out to a lead and pulled ahead by as much as 5.  Lesley was facing match point at 10-14 with Sophomore Kara Carpenter serving.  Yet again Farmington squandered the lead as Lesley went on a tear and came back to be within one point.  Lesley would get as close as 13-14 before Farmington finally got the deciding point.

Lesley was led on offense by its fearsome three, Kim Bennett (Bartlett, NH), Gianna Spaziante (Hawthorne, NY) and Lindsey Marek (Killingworth, CT).  Gianna had a team high 16 kills followed by Marek's 8 and Bennett's 7.  It was Megan Bol (Whitinsville, MA) who continued her excellent season as team setter as she had 32 assists.

As good as the offense was it would have been a non-factor if not for the brilliant defensive efforts by Hana Sakamoto (Tokyo, JP), Kara Carpenter (Westfield, MA) and Beth Hoilund (Germantown, NY).  Hoilund was an absolute force in the front row as she tipped over two dozen attacks from Farmington that led to digs by Lesley.  Farmington?s powerful hitters had limited struggled at times as Carpenter and Sakamoto were all over the court diving on what seemed like every other play.

Farmington big hitters Becky Hall (Goffstown, NH), Jenna Rowan (Kittery, ME), and Danielle O?Brien (Calais, ME) led the offensive charge for the Beavers.  It was Jenna St. Pierre (Peru, ME) who was the catalyst of the offense and had a match high 39 assists feeding the hard hitting combo of Hall, Rowan and O'Brien.

Natalie Angers (Biddeford, ME) and libero Caitlin Flaherty led the Beavers with 16 and 13 digs respectively.


October 30, 2006

Four-Time Defending Champion Mount Ida Earns Top Seed In NAC Volleyball Tournament

After completing conference play with a perfect 10-0 mark, four-time defending NAC Champion Mount Ida earned the top seed in the North Atlantic Conference Volleyball Tournament. The Mustangs (18-9 overall) will host eighth seeded Elms (3-7 overall, 7-16 NAC) in the quarterfinal round of the NAC Championship on Wednesday, November 1.

Lasell (17-13 overall, 9-1 NAC) will enter as the second seed for the fourth consecutive season and will host seventh seeded Husson (14-9 overall, 5-5 NAC) in the quarterfinal round. Lasell, who has not lost to a NAC foe other than Mount Ida in over three years, defeated Husson 3-1 earlier this season.

Maine Maritime will enter as the tournament as the third seed. The Mariners (13-7 overall, 8-2 NAC) will host sixth seed Becker (10-16 overall, 5-5 NAC) while fifth seed Maine-Farmington (16-8 overall, 6-4 NAC) will travel to fourth seed Lesley (13-10 overall, 6-4 NAC).

The top eight teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages. Quarterfinal games will be played on Wednesday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the higher seed. Quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals and finals held at the higher seed on Saturday, November 4. Semifinal game times for Saturday are 10:00 am and 12:00 p.m. with the championship at 2:00 p.m. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

NAC Volleyball Tournament - Bracket

Quarterfinals - Wednesday, November 1 at higher seeds
(8) Elms   at (1) Mount Ida  
(7) Husson   at (2) Lasell  
(6) Becker   at (3) Maine Maritime  
(5) Me.-Farmington   at (4) Lesley  
         
Semifinals - Saturday, November 4 at highest remaining seed
Winner of 1/8 vs. Winner of 4/5
Winner of 2/7 vs. Winner of 3/6
         
Championship - Saturday, November 4 at semifinal host
Semifinal Winners