Bears Eliminated by Babson For Third Straight Season

Susan West
Susan West

BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Senior Lorraine Mackiewicz had 11 kills while sophomore Shannon Rosen hit .571 with nine kills and a match-high six aces leading  fourth-seeded Babson to a 3-0 win over fifth-seeded Coast Guard in the quarterfinals of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament.

Babson won by game scores of 25-22, 25-21, 25-17.

It was the fourth straight season that Babson and Coast Guard squared off in the NEWMAC tournament. The fourth-seeded Beavers beat the fifth-seeded Bears 3-1 last season en route to their second straight conference tournament championship. Babson beat Coast Guard in the semifinals in 2014 while the Bears beat the Beavers in the 2013 NEWMAC quarterfinals.

Coast Guard, making its 19th straight appearance in the NEWMAC tournament, finishes the season 17-12 while Babson improves to 18-12 advancing to the semifinals against top-seeded MIT on Saturday at 1:00. It was the eighth consecutive winning season for the Bears.

Susan West, the only senior on the Coast Guard team, led the Bears with 11 kills to go with six digs while junior Emma Saunders finished with seven kills and three blocks.

Freshman Makenna Martin led the Bears with 23 assists while junior Michelle McGill had a team-high 12 digs.

The Bears playing without NEWMAC Rookie of the Year candidate Angelou Dunton, who missed the match with an illness, scored the first four points of the opening game which featured several spurts for each team. Babson answered with six straight to take a 6-4 lead. With the game tied 12-12, the Beavers ran off five straight before the Bears answered with six straight to regain the lead 18-17.

Babson would score five of the next six points taking a 22-19 lead. The Beavers led 24-20 before the Bears fought off a pair of game points. A kill from Mackiewicz gave the Beavers the 25-22 win.

In the second game, the Bears scored five of six for an early 8-5 advantage. Babson would use a 10-1 spurt to open up a 16-10 lead. Coast Guard responded with four straight cutting the deficit to 16-14.

Coast Guard trailing 19-15 would score three straight to get to within 19-18 and pull even 21-21 on a kill by West before the Beavers scored the final four for the 25-21 win.

The third game was tied 6-6 before Babson appeared to take control by scoring 11 of the next 13 points to double up the Bears taking a 16-8 lead, only to see Coast Guard run off five straight to trail 16-13.

Babson would put the game away by scoring five of the next six for a 21-14 lead and closed out the match with a 25-17 win.

It was the final career match for West who finished with 1,032 career kills which is tied for ninth all-time at the Academy. She played in 115 matches and finished with 768 digs, 175 blocks and 126 aces.

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