For Immediate Release
November 11, 2011
Easton, Mass. – Third-seeded Adelphi University and fourth-seeded The College of Saint Rose both earned semifinal victories in the Northeast-10 Conference Volleyball Championship at Merkert Gym Friday night on the campus of Stonehill College.
Adelphi took down second-seeded Stonehill College 3-0 before Saint Rose defeated the eight-seeded University of Massachusetts Lowell in straight sets. With the victories, both Adelphi and Saint Rose advance to the title game on Saturday night (5:00 p.m.) at Stonehill.
Northeast-10 Volleyball Championship - Semifinals
#3 Adelphi 3, #2 Stonehill 0
Adelphi (21-7, 12-3 NE-10) knocked off tournament host and second-seeded Stonehill (27-6, 14-1 NE-10) in straight sets (25-21, 25-21, 25-18) to earn a berth in the championship contest. Adelphi went up 6-0 in the final set before Stonehill stormed back with six straight points of its own to tie it, but ultimately the Panthers prevailed over the No. 2 Skyhawks.
Chelsea Overholt and Samantha Rico both led the way for the Golden Knights with 11 kills apiece, and Emily Dorko chipped in eight kills in the sweep. Libero Bianca Hernandez totaled a match-high 19 kills while Overholt added 12 of her own in the victory. Kaitlyn DeSefano led all players with six block assists in the contests while Rico had five. Setter Katie Bryson totaled 36 assists and added four kills.
For Stonehill, Kristen Arvidson had a game-high 12 kills while Sydney Maxey totaled 11 kills and eight digs. Libero Erin Kelly led the Skyhawks with 18 digs and Laura Huselton added 15. Setter and Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year Emily Iverson compiled 31 assists and 12 digs for Stonehill, which now awaits announcement on a possible at-large bid in the NCAA Division II Tournament. The field will be announced on Sunday, November 13 at 10:00 p.m.
Adelphi had swept No. 6 Pace University in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday, while Stonehill had been coming off a 3-1 triumph over No. 7 Southern Connecticut State University in the round of eight.
#4 Saint Rose, #8 UMass Lowell 0
Saint Rose (18-8, 11-4 NE-10) defeated UMass Lowell (13-11, 8-7 NE-10) in consecutive sets (29-27, 25-21, 25-) to earn its second championship berth in three years.
The Golden Knights were paced offensively by Aubrey Bobo, who totaled a match-high 14 kills while adding eight digs in the three-set win. Teammate Sarah Kahrs also contributed an all around effort with nine kills and nine digs. Libero Katy Daniels led all players with 22 digs and Tori Daniels had 15 digs of her own in addition to 20 assists.
For UMass Lowell, Lea Freeman had a team-high 13 kills while Hannah Rey just missed a double-double with nine-kill, nine-dig performance. Setter Kristina Wiltjer led the River Hawks with 12 digs and totaled a match-high 27 assists. Carolyn Eddy chipped in 11 digs.
Saint Rose defeated No. 5 American International College 3-1 in Tuesday’s quarterfinals. UMass Lowell meanwhile was coming off a 3-1 upset victory over the top-seed University of New Haven.
Final Four at Stonehill College
Friday, November 11
Match 5: #2 Adelphi 3, #3 Stonehill 0
Match #4 Saint Rose 3, #8 UMass Lowell 0
Saturday, November 12
Match 7: #4 Saint Rose vs. #3 Adelphi – 5:00 p.m.
The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 5,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.