Nashua, N.H. – The offensive tandem of sophomores Chelsey Crawford (Westfield, Mass.) and Samantha Hill (Hudson, N.H.) combined for 29 kills over two matches and the Daniel Webster College women's volleyball team clinched at least a share of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Regular Season Championship for the third straight season with 3-0 sweeps of both Lesley University and Becker College Saturday at Mario Vagge Gymnasium.
The senior day victories pushed the Eagles to 15-6 overall (6-0 NECC) with one regular season conference game remaining. Moreover, the Eagles clinched the top seed for the NECC tournament final four which takes place on November 6th and 7th. DWC will host the tourney for the third straight season.
Crawford led the Eagles with eight kills in each outing while Hill knocked down six kills against Lesley and seven against Becker.
The Eagles were powered by a strong service game, combining for 35 total aces on the afternoon.
Lesley (14-8, 4-1 NECC) earned a split on the afternoon with a 3-0 sweep of Becker (8-19, 0-5 NECC) in the midday matchup.
Daniel Webster 3, Lesley 0:
In the opener, attack errors were the difference maker as the Eagles pulled off the surprising sweep, 25-18, 25-16, and 25-21.
DWC hit .276 overall and matched the Lynx with 29 kills apiece. But Lesley was undone by an uncharacteristic 24 attack errors to hit just .059. The Eagles also posted an important nine total blocks including three solos from sophomore Jennifer Finneran (Barnstead, N.H.) allowing DWC to withstand a strong outing from Lesley's sophomore power middle hitter Amanda McCracken (Eldersburg, Md.), who posted a match-high 14 kills against three errors to hit .478, while adding nine digs and a match high four aces.
Lesley's Caitlin Vanderburgh (Swansea, Mass.) posted a match-high 10 digs while Kaitlyn Miller (Leesport, Penn.) dished out 27 assists.
Amanda Wilson (Merrimack, N.H.) led the Eagles in the back row with seven digs while Caitlyn DePierro (Billerica, Mass.) had 22 assists.
Lesley 3, Becker 0:
After a tight opening match that saw nine ties and six lead changes, Lesley came back from as much as a four-point deficit (15-19) to rally for a 26-24 victory. The Lynx rolled on with back-to-back 25-15 victories in the second and third for the sweep.
McCracken again shone, powering for a match high 14 kills against four errors to hit .435 while Maeghan Chadwick (Chelmsford, Mass.) added seven kills and three aces and Kaitlin Wechsler (Merrick, N.Y.) added six kills.
Miller chipped in with five kills, 26 assists and five digs, while Vandenburgh racked up a match-high 15 digs.
Lesley finished with significant advantages in total kills (39-22), assists (36-18) and aces (13-2).
Daniel Webster 3, Becker 0
In the nightcap, the Eagles never trailed in the first or third sets and only in the second set by as many as two points on the way to a 25-9, 25-10, 25-11 victory.
DWC would hit .429 overall overwhelming the Hawks in total kills (29-8), assists (26-6), aces (24-1) and digs (16-10).
Along with Crawford and Hill, SarahMaura Dwyer (Wayne, N.J.) helped the Eagle cause with a career high eight service aces, while DePierro notched 17 assists, four kills, three aces and five digs. Finneran and Emily Travis (Somerset, Mass.) added four kills each, while Catherine Ferraro (Litchfield, N.H.) and Wilson combined for 11 digs.
Trcka led the Hawks with four kills while Kelsea Laubenstein (Randolph, Mass.) had five assists.
Prior to the matches, the Eagles honored Dwyer and Mikaelia Ramnanan (Rahway, N.J.) as part of annual "Senior Day" festivities.
Dwyer would finish the day with a combined 11 aces, two digs and one kill, while Ramnanen would chip in a service ace against Becker.
The Eagles visit Eastern Nazarene Tuesday in a 7:00 p.m. matchup.
Lesley visits Lasell on Monday at 6:00 p.m. Becker visits Clark on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.