ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount women's volleyball team begins its quest for the program's first-ever postseason championship on Wednesday, when the second-seeded Saints host third-seeded Rutgers-Camden in the first round of the 2017 ECAC Division III Women's Volleyball Championship at 7 p.m.
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How We Got Here
The Saints (14-14) will be making their fifth-consecutive appearance in the ECAC championship while hosting a first-round match for the second-straight year and third in the last four.
Marymount has won three of its last five matches with both losses coming to CAC rival Southern Virginia, including a four-set loss in the first round of the 2017 CAC Volleyball Championship.
The Saints are 6-3 at home this season where it has won two of the last three.
How They Got Here
Rutgers-Camden (16-16) qualified for the ECAC championship for the third-consecutive year and fourth overall. The team is 1-3 in its three previous appearances.
The Scarlet Raptors haven't played since October 31 when they dropped a three-set match in the opening round of the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament at Stockton. The team is 3-7 on the road this season.
Marymount leads the CAC with 36.28 attacks per set with junior Caroline Hanson leading the team with 678 total attempts. Junior Emily Abramaitys and freshman Alexa Marcum are close behind with 593 each while freshman Mykael Johnson is fourth with 589.
Hanson leads the team with 224 kills, an average of 2.87 per set, while Marcum is second with 2.25 per set.
Defensively, the Saints rank third in the CAC in digs per set at 16.55, led by sophomore Theresa Buscemi who leads the team in digs with 414, an average of 4.10 per set. Freshman Jasmine Roy is second on the team with 229 digs.
Hanson and Buscemi lead the team with 38 and 34 service aces, respectively, while freshman Maggie Viniard leads the team in assists with 517, an average of 7.39 per set.
The Scarlet Raptors lead the NJAC in service aces with 277, a mark that ranks them 32nd nationally. Cortnee Wilkerson leads the team with 62 while Caitlynn Marcano is second with 47.
Marcano leads the team in assists with 464 while Alyson Lowe is second with 385.
Rutgers-Camden is second in the conference with 34.61 attacks per set. Wilkerson leads the team with 1,022 total attempts. She also leads the team with 317 kills, an average of 2.81 pet. Jamie Mulligan is second with 248 kills.
Natalie DiGiacomo leads the team with 505 digs, an average of 4.76 per set while Myiah Gatling and Jordan Erskine lead the team in blocks with 66 and 50, respectively.
Last Time They Met
Marymount and Rutgers-Camden have not met since the 2013 season when the Saints won 3-0 in a neutral site match at Neumann. Marymount also took a 3-1 decision on the road in 2012 and a 3-1 win at Swarthmore in 2011.
Hanson Named to All-CAC First Team
Junior Caroline Hanson earned her first career all-conference honor on Tuesday as she was one of eight players named to the 2017 All-CAC Volleyball First Team. She is the 22nd player to earn All-CAC honors under Head Coach Beth Ann Wilson. Hanson is also the fifth All-CAC First Team selection for the Saints in the last five years.
A two-time CAC Player of the Week selection this season, Hanson leads the team with 224 kills this season, an average of 2.87 per set. She is also third on the team with 189 assists, fifth with 184 digs and third with 32 total blocks.
Hanson Leads the Nation in Triple Doubles
Junior Caroline Hanson has totaled six triple doubles in kills, digs and assists this season, the most in Division III this season, tying her with Ferrum's Cheyenne Strickland. She now has 10 for her career after she totaled four a year ago.
For her career, Hanson has totaled 582 career kills, including a career-best 224 this season, while adding 1,401 career assists and 758 career digs.
The winner will advance to the semifinals to face overall top-seed Arcadia (23-11), who received a first-round bye, on Saturday at Frostburg State.