NEWMAC Semifinal Preview: Clark vs. Springfield

NEWMAC Semifinal Preview: Clark vs. Springfield

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What's At Stake
In the final four for the second consecutive season, Clark squares off with Springfield for a right to play in the 2016 NEWMAC Championship.

Four Score
This season's appearance in the league tournament is the Cougars' fourth straight and 18th all-time dating back to 1995.

Press Rewind
In last season's quarterfinal showdown with the Pride, the Cougars got monster performances from both Marina Ramos (Guaynabo Puerto Rico) and Rachel Webb (Celina, Texas). Ramos finished with 25 kills and 20 digs, while Webb doled out 52 assists.

Monkey Off Our Back
Clark had dropped 24 straight matches to the Pride before last season's 3-1 win in the tournament semifinals.

Perfect Ten
The Scarlet and White come into their semifinal showdown playing their best volleyball of the season. They have won ten straight matches - six of them by 3-0 scores.

Turning It Up
In their NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal match, Clark rolled to a 3-0 win over Wellesley College. They hit .252 and had a season-low eight attack errors.

Ace Is The Place
The Cougars registered ten service aces in the win over Wellesley on Tuesday - their sixth match this season with ten or more. They recorded a season-best 14 in an early season 3-1 victory over Marymount.

Two-Year Term
Clark's 44 combined wins in the last two seasons is the most since the 1988 (28-12) and 1989 (20-17) teams combined to win 48 contests.

Twenty Is Plenty
Coupled with last season's 22 wins, it marks the first time since 2000 and 2001 that Clark has had back-to-back 20-win seasons.

Digging Ditches
Earlier this season Mia Cattaneo (Santa Barbara, Calif.) set a career-high with 43 digs in a 3-2 loss to MIT. That total ranks in the top 20 for the season in all of Division III and is the second most in a NEWMAC match this season.

Can You Dig It?
Earlier this season Mia Cattaneo became the program's all-time leader in digs and enters Saturday's contest with 1,734 - nearly 400 more than the person in second place on the list.

The No. 1 Spot
Mia Cattaneo finished with 12 digs in the win over Wellesley on Tuesday, giving her 490 for the season. That total eclipses her school record of 484 set a season ago, giving her the top two single season totals in school history.

Don't Forget About Me
Joining Cattaneo as one of the program's best defensive players is classmate Savannah Sanford (San Anselmo, Calif.). Sanford also went over 1,000 digs this season and now ranks ninth on the program's all-time list (1,061).

Dime Dropper
Rachel Webb is wreaking havoc on Clark's all-time assists list. Less than two full seasons into her career, she already ranks third on the school's all-time list (1,899) and in the win over the Blue on Tuesday surpassed the 1,000 assists mark for a single season - the highest total in school history (1,002).

Another Level
In her last two matches, Marina Ramos has elevated her game. She is averaging 14 kills and 10.5 digs while hitting .450.

Pharr Out
In the Cougars' 3-0 win over Wellesley, Courtney Pharr (Seattle, Wash.) had four service aces, pushing her to 164, good for second on the school's all-time list.

Numbers Never Lie
Marina Ramos is etching her name all over the program's record books, too. She is already the program's all-time leader in kills (1,097) and has eclipsed the 1,000 dig mark but with 12 more kills this season she will break her own single season mark for kills in a season (415) which she set last year.

20/20 Vision
Since the start of the 2015 season, Marina Ramos has had 20+ kills and 20+ digs in six matches - two of which have come in postseason play. The entire rest of the conference has one.

Double Trouble
Clark is the only team of the four remaining two teams to have a pair of players sitting in the top five in total kills. Marina Ramos (404) ranks first, while teammate Ana Mercado (299) sits at fifth.

Saturday Night Fever
The Cougars are an impressive 12-2 on Saturdays this season. In fact, they have won nine straight Saturday matches.

Five For Fighting
The Scarlet and White are a combined 19-4 in matches that are either three sets (12-2) or four sets (7-2) but are just 3-3 in sets that go a full five.

Keep An Eye On ...
Springfield middle Lauren Holt. The reigning  NEWMAC Player of the Year, Holt is a three-time All-American and leads the nation in blocks per set (1.67) while topping the NEWMAC in hitting percentage (.380) - a total that ranks 16th in the country.

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