Women's volleyball earns at-large bid to NCAA Division II Championship

Women's volleyball earns at-large bid to NCAA Division II Championship

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball team has earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Championship for the second-straight season, the NCAA revealed late Sunday evening via its Division II Selection Show. A total of 64 teams from across the country make up the championship field.

LINK: 2018 NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Championship Bracket

The East Region bracket will play out on the campus of the University of New Haven as the top-seeded Chargers were awarded hosting rights. New Haven will take on Saint Anselm, the eight seed, on Thursday, Nov. 15 with a "to be determined" match start time. Stay tuned to SaintAnselmHawks.com for more information as it becomes available.

During the 2018 season, Saint Anselm has registered a 17-12 overall record along with a 7-7 mark against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. The Hawks made their second-straight trip to the NE10 Semifinals after stunning the two-time reigning conference champions from New Haven in straight sets, the first time in program history the Hawks have issued a 3-0 shutout to the Chargers.

Saint Anselm enters the NCAA Tournament with a potent offense that ranks among the best in the conference. Junior Madison Sollows (West Barnstable, Mass.) leads the NE10 in attacking percentage (.372) to help the Hawks to a team mark of .241, the second-highest in the league. Senior Jewel Hays (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) pilots the Saint Anselm offense, averaging 10.34 assists per set to rank third in the conference.

Junior Catie McCarthy (Broad Run, Va.) has averaged 3.23 kills per set, the eighth-most by any conference student-athlete, and sophomore Elise Jolly (Merrimack, N.H.), in her first season on the Hilltop, has thrown up 85 total blocks to rank within the top-10 in the conference. In total, the Hawks have three of the top 10 student-athletes in the NE10 in attacking percentage.

Last season, the Hawks made their first-ever NCAA Championship appearance under Head Coach Braden Zamore and faced-off against Molloy, falling in five sets despite sprinting out to a 2-0 lead in the match. The 2017 season provided valuable postseason experience for the Hawks, who netted their first-ever NE10 playoff victory over Bentley in the quarterfinals before a hard-fought semifinals loss to Southern Connecticut State in five sets.

The winner of the New Haven and Saint Anselm match will battle the winner of the fixture between fourth-seeded Molloy and fifth-seeded Holy Family. The other two East Region matches pit Adelphi versus Southern Connecticut State and Daemen against American International.