MCLA hosting MASCAC volleyball tournament on Saturday
NORTH ADAMS — It's a brave new world for the MCLA volleyball team.
The Trailblazers earned the No. 1 seed in this year's MASCAC Tournament, and will be hosting four teams in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium on Saturday.
The Trailblazers, led by MASCAC coach of the year Amanda Beckwith and first-team selection Allison Clark, will face fourth-seeded Bridgewater State in the first match at noon. The second semifinal features defending champion and second-seeded Framingham State against No. 3 Westfield State.
Framingham-Westfield is scheduled for 2 p.m, with the championship match set for 4 p.m.
The Trailblazers beat the other three semifinalists this year. Clark earned her first-team honor by leading the Trailblazers with 402 kills and she also had 302 digs.
Making the All-MASCAC second team were MCLA's Angelica Perfido and Rachel Mills.
Westfield comes in with the MASCAC rookie of the year in Lizzie Taylor.
The MASCAC player of the year is Framingham's Alycia Rackliffe.
NESCAC WOMEN'S SOCCER
The NESCAC women's soccer semifinals come to Williamstown on Saturday.
The top-seeded Williams women will host No. 6 Middlebury in the 11 a.m. first game on Cole Field. The second semifinal features No. 2 Bowdoin vs. No. 4 Trinity.
The championship game is Sunday at noon.
Middlebury is the outlier in this group, as the Panthers upset third-seeded Amherst 3-2 last week.
The Panthers (7-4-5) are a familiar foe, as they played Williams back on Oct. 27, and Middlebury handed Williams (14-1-1) a 2-0 defeat. It was the only loss of the season for Williams.
The Ephs and Panthers are regular opponents in the NESCAC Tournament, having played each other six times in the last seven years. Last year, Williams scored a 2-0 win over Middlebury in the semifinals.
Bowdoin is making back-to-back appearances for the first time since 2007-08. The Polar Bears are 0-2 in championship games, losing to Williams in 2007-2012.
Trinity is in the semifinals for only the second time, after beating No. 5 Bates 2-1. A win would put Trinity in its first-ever title game.
Williams is the second seed in the NESCAC volleyball tournament, and the Ephs are off to Brunswick, Maine to battle for the championship.
The Ephs (16-9) are two-time conference tournament champions and have won 11 titles, will face No. 7 Colby in the quarterfinals. The teams played in October, and Williams won 3-0. However, the Ephs lost to Colby in straight sets in the 2005 semifinals, and Colby went on to win the NESCAC title.
In the other quarterfinals, top-seed Bowdoin will play No. 8 Bates, No. 3 Amherst will play No. 6 Connecticut College, while fourth-seeded Middlebury and fifth-seeded Tufts will play.
The semifinals are Saturday and the championship match is Sunday.
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