Surging Camels Meet Tufts at Amherst in NESCAC Quarterfinal Friday

The Connecticut College Volleyball Team will make its sixth consecutive appearance in the NESCAC Championship Tournament this weekend. The Camels received the #5 seed and will meet fourth seeded Tufts in a quarterfinal match up at Amherst College Friday night at 8:00 p.m. The last time these two teams met was the 4-5 match-up in the 2006 Championship at Williamstown, Mass. Caitlin Tomaska ´09 buried 23 kills to lead the Camels to a 3-2 come from behind victory. The Camels have won six matches in a row, climbing all the way up to #5 in New England with a record of 19-6 (7-3 NESCAC) while the Jumbos ended their season with a three-match winning streak. Junior Amy Newman (Los Angeles, Calif.) leads the league with 5.22 kills per set and ranks fifth in NESCAC hitting percentage (.297). The junior outside hitter has tallied 961 kills, 585 digs, 95 aces, 84 blocks and 54 assists in her career for the Camels. Senior setter Marissa DeMais (Hillsdale, N.J.) is averaging 9.93 assists per game to rank fourth in the conference. DeMais has amassed 3419 assists, 771 digs, 193 kills, 143 blocks and 140 aces during her prolific four-year playing career in New London. Senior Molly Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) shares the league lead with 1.02 blocks per game. Classmate Katie Shragge (San Diego, Calif.) has tallied 29 aces to rank fifth in the NESCAC with an average of .44 service aces per game. Sophomore Rachel Schroff (Palos Verdes, Calif.) is sixth in NESCAC hitting percentage (.292) and has buried 232 kills to rank 11th in the conference with an average of 2.8 kills per set. Junior libero Ally Terlizzi (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) is contributing 3.33 digs per game to lead the Camel defense. The Camels have advanced into the semifinal round in three of the past four years. If Connecticut College won its first round match Friday, they would meet #1 Amherst or #8 Wesleyan at 1:00 p.m. Saturday. The Championship game will be played Sunday at noon and carries an automatic qualification into the 63 team field of the 2010 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship.

November 4, 2010

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