NASHUA, N.H. –The Becker College volleyball team fell to Daniel Webster 3-0 in the opening round of the New England Collegiate Conference Tournament.
Backed by a 10-kill performance by both Courtney Warrington (Canton, Tex.) and Hannah Koehler (Bedford, N.H.) and a combined 14 team aces from the service line, the fourth-seeded Eagles swept past fifth seeded Becker for the second straight season in the playoffs with a 3-0 victory at Mario Vagge Gymnasium Tuesday night. Set scores were an identical trifecta of 25-21.
The Eagles (11-18), who have now won five straight and seven of their last eight, will get another crack at NECC regular season and defending tournament champion this coming Friday night in the league's final four beginning at 6:00 p.m. DWC gave the Pride (20-10, 8-0 NECC) all they could handle in a 3-2 loss back on October 9th.
DWC hasn't defeated Regis since the 2013 season. The Eagles program will be seeking its first trip to the finals since 2010 and first tourney title since 2009.
The second semifinal at Regis will feature second-seeded Lesley against third-seeded Newbury.
Semifinal winners advance to the championship on Saturday at Regis with a time to be announced.
Becker completed its 2015 campaign 12-16 overall.
Madeline Roulier (Pittsfield, Mass.) posted nine kills to help the Eagle cause and pulled in a team-best 13 digs, while Amanda Gendron (Mont Vernon, N.H.) chipped in with four kills. Nicole Beard (Shelton, Conn.) handed off 27 assists while Brooke Marcotte (Pelham, N.H.) came off the bench to provide a spark with four aces. Both Kaitlyn Mitchell (Voluntown, Conn.) and Meaghan Six (Manchester, N.H.) pulled in 12 digs.
Kayla Dupree (N. Bergen, N.J.) posted seven kills and three aces for Becker while Marissa Turner (Coventry, R.I.) knocked down six kills and three aces. Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine) dished out 19 assists and Brittany Bullis (Stafford, Va.) garnered a match-best 24 digs.
DWC trailed just nine times all evening. The Eagles hit just .089 but were helped by Becker's .051 percentage.
Set one turned on a key stretch. Becker held a 17-13 lead after a pair of kills from Samantha Caouette, but a Warrington kill put her at the line where she rattled off eight straight points including back-to-back Koehler kills and back-to-back Warrington aces to suddenly take command at 21-17. A Marcotte ace and Roulier kill later closed out the 25-21 win.
DWC again fell behind in the second, this time at 9-14 after three straight Eagle attack errors but righted the ship answering with a match-changing 12-1 run that include three Warrington kills, two from Koehler and two aces from Roulier, wo again closed out the 25-21 win with a kill.
The Eagles trailed 3-2 early in the third but took control early on with a quick 4-0 run and never trailed the rest of the way. Becker closed a 19-13 deficit to 21-20 behind a pair of aces and Dupree kill, but three straight kills from Koehler, Roulier and Gendron helped close it out down the stretch.