NCAA Regional Semifinal Preview: Clark vs. Stevens

NCAA Regional Semifinal Preview: Clark vs. Stevens

On The Docket
Fresh off of their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, Clark University (24-8) squares off with regional host Stevens (32-5) in the second regional semifinal showdown of the Hoboken Regional.

The Cougars held on for a dramatic 3-2 win over Montclair State in their first round match on Friday night. Clark actually led 2-0 and served for the match in the third set but the Red Hawks rallied to force a fifth set. 

The Road Only Gets Tougher
With the Ducks on deck and Ramapo (25-5) and Eastern (30-5) on the other side waiting in a potential regional championship match, the other three teams in this region have a combined record of 87-15. 

Don't Mess With Texas
Rachel Webb (Celina, Texas) was outstanding in the win on Friday night, tying her career-high with 54 assists to go along with ten digs and a pair kills. It marked the third time this season and sixth overall match of her career where she has passed out 50 or more assists. 

Rayme's Rise
Stepping into the starting libero role, Rayme Quiban (Seattle, Wash.) was fantastic, finishing the night with a match-best 27 digs. She added seven assists and four huge service aces.

Scouting The Ducks
Stevens rolled to an easy 3-0 win over Regis College in their opening round matchup. The host Ducks enter this afternoon's meeting with a 32-5 overall record and are an impressive 13-2 at home.

Quack, Quack
In their win over the Pride on Friday night, Stevens hit .364, including an astounding .620 in the second set and served up 11 aces in the match. 

So, We Meet Again
The Cougars and Ducks have some recent history. The two teams met to start the 2014 season at a tournament hosted by Swarthmore. Stevens won 3-1 behind ten kills from Mary Tobin. Clark was led by Savannah Sanford (San Anselmo, Calif.), who had six kills and Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) – playing in her first collegiate match – had five kills and eight digs. 

Elite Level
Marina Ramos was in rare form in the Scarlet and White's 3-2 win over Montclair State. She just missed out on a 20/20 match, finishing with a season-high 25 kills and 19 digs. It marked the seventh time this season in which she has posted 20 kills or more. Clark is 6-1 this season in those matches and 11-3 in her three-year career. 

No Elsa, No Problem
In the Scarlet and White's 3-2 win over the Red Hawks, Ana Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) posted 14 kills on .414 hitting. It marked the sixth time this season that she has had two errors or fewer on 20 or more attacks. Clark is 6-0 in those matches this season.

The New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) had three teams playing on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. All three – Clark, MIT and Springfield – won their first round matches. With the Cougars facing Stevens and the Engineers and Pride facing one another, at least one team from the league will play in a regional final on Sunday.

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