Volleyball ranked fifth in first reveal of NCAA East Region rankings

Volleyball ranked fifth in first reveal of NCAA East Region rankings

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's volleyball program finds itself ranked fifth in the East Region, according to the first official NCAA Division II Regional Rankings which were revealed on Wednesday.

The Hawks were slotted fifth in the East Region after recording a 17-5 record against regional foes. Five other Northeast-10 Conference programs were listed alongside Saint Anselm including Bentley, New Haven, Stonehill, Adelphi and Southern New Hampshire. So far this season, the Hawks are 3-2 against teams in the top-10 of the East Region with Saint Anselm still needing to play Adelphi on Saturday, Nov. 16 on Senior Day.

Eight teams from each of the eight NCAA Division II regions (Atlantic, Central, East, Midwest, South, South Central, Southeast and West) will qualify for the NCAA Division II Championship that begins on Dec. 5-8 with the first two rounds. The final eight teams will head to Denver, Colorado to play in the 2019 Division II Women's Volleyball Finals where the champion will be crowned on Saturday, Dec. 14. To announce the 64-team field, the NCAA will have a selection show on Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m to reveal the squads in the tournament.

The Hawks have received their highest placement in the regional rankings in program history. Head Coach Braden Zamore and the Hawks are looking to make their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2019.

Saint Anselm is also in third place in the NE10 with a 7-2 league record. With matches against Saint Rose, Le Moyne, American International and Adelphi remaining on the schedule, the Hawks are looking to improve their standings in the conference. As the NE10 postseason is looming, the top four seeds would earn a first-round home playoff match.

Individually, the Hawks are led by senior Catie McCarthy (Warrenton, Va.) and her 3.07 kills per set, ranking fourth in the NE10. Freshman Michelle Henwood (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) ranks in the top-10 in assists per set (8.53) while freshman Caroline Belmontez (San Diego, Calif.) checks in for the Hawks with the conference's second-best figure in service aces per set with 0.48.

The Hawks will head to New York for the weekend as they take on Saint Rose on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. and then travel to Le Moyne on Saturday, Nov. 9. for a 12 p.m. start.