Volleyball to Start Tournament Play on Friday, Men’s Soccer to Play Saturday
The women’s volleyball team is on their way to a seventh NCAA Division III regional tournament in eight years. The Beacons punched their ticket with a 3-0 win over Plymouth State University in the Little East Conference championship game on Saturday.
“I think as a team we were very focused on our side of the net and doing the things we have been working on in practice. We played with confidence in ourselves and each other and I think that focus and drive pushed us to win,” said senior Elizabeth Glavan, a business management major from Edina, Minnesota. During the regular season, Glavan was No. 31 in the country in total digs with 610.
“Being able to win the LEC championship my senior year was a great first step in our overall team goal.”
The 28-4 Beacons will play the 33-0 Johnson & Wales Wildcats Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Tufts University. The winner will face off Saturday at 4 p.m. against the winner of the Tufts University/Maine Maritime Academy match. Fans can watch the matches in person or at http://www.jumbocast.com.
“I think we have a good chance to do well and surprise a lot of people. We have a very talented team across the board but I think what is pushing us to be so successful this year is our desire to prove people wrong and the competitive spirit we all possess that pushes us to want to win even more,” Glavan said.
The men's soccer team is also NCAA Tournament bound, thanks to the team’s third consecutive Little East Conference Tournament title. The Beacons defeated Rhode Island College 2-1 in the LEC Tournament championship game on Saturday. Center back Marcelo Cunha, a junior international relations major from Marlborough, was named the LEC’s Most Outstanding Player for the tournament, after anchoring a back line that allowed just four shots on goal in two games.
“Saturday's game was a tough one, but we got the upper hand early and responded to diversity when we got scored on. In the second half it was more about staying organized and keeping the lead,” Cunha said. “It's always exciting to win an LEC championship, and it was a goal of ours to make it back to the NCAA Tournament and go for another ring. It won't be easy but I think our team is strong enough to go far.”
The Beacons (17-1-2) will be taking on Kean University (14-5-1) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Haverford College will provide live stats and video at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/haverford.
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