Nov. 12 – CENTREVILLE, Mass. – After finishing the season 28-10, including a 17-1 record in Presidents’ Athletic Conference play, the Bethany College volleyball team was selected to host the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Women’s Southwest Volleyball Championship, announced the ECAC on Monday evening.
The ECAC Southwest Championships will be held on Saturday, November 16, and will feature four teams with semifinals and finals action to both be played in the same day. The Bison have earned the overall top seed in the tournament and will be joined by Marymount University, McDaniel College, and Grove City College.
Bethany, who has won three-straight ECAC South Region Championships, comes into the tournament having posted a 27-9 record in the regular season, and earned the number-one seed in the PAC Championship tournament. The Bison bested Westminster, 3-2, in the semifinals, before falling to Thomas More College, 3-2, in the championship match.
The Bison, who have no seniors on the team after graduating five a year ago, are led by junior middle blocker Breana Harris (Severn, Md./Old Mill). Harris ranked second in the PAC in total kills with 375 on the year. Harris also hit .287 on the year while also leading the team in total blocks with 116.
Sophomore setter Mackenzie Lauber (Mansfield, Ohio/Madison Mansfield) has also been a strong leader for the Bison. The multi-faceted Lauber totaled 1,289 assists over the course of the season, and also added 205 kills, 214 digs and finished the year with a .312 hitting percentage.
The Saints of Marymount University come into the weekend with a 19-14 overall record, having finished fourth in the Capital Athletic Conference at 5-3. The Saints are led by Morgan McAlpin who leads the team and ranks fifth in the CAC in total kills (323). As a team, the Saints relied on a stout defense, leading the CAC in total digs, collecting 17.21 per game.
McDaniel College enters the ECAC tournament with a 19-7 overall record, and a 7-3 mark in the Centennial Conference, bowing out of the conference tournament with a 3-1 loss in the semifinals to Muhlenberg. The Green Terror is lead by Kloe Martin, who totaled 329 kills, averaging 3.46 per game. As a team, McDaniel ranked second in the CC in hitting percentage, posting a team total of .214.
The Wolverines of Grove City College enter the weekend with a 15-15 record, earning the sixth seed in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship tournament, where they were defeated by Thomas More in the quarterfinals. Ashley Branch is the Wolverines leading offensive weapon as she hit .314 on the year and totaled 294 kills.
The Bison will host McDaniel in the first semi-final of the day at 10 a.m., with Marymount and Grove City squaring off at 12:30 p.m. There will then be a third-place match between the losers of the two contests at 3:00 p.m. before the ECAC Southwest Regional tournament champion is crowned in the final match, being held at 5:30 p.m.