Bridgeport and Dowling Advance to NCAA East Regional Semifinals; C.W. Post Falls in Five Set Thriller

Bridgeport and Dowling Advance to NCAA East Regional Semifinals; C.W. Post Falls in Five Set Thriller

Bridgeport 3 American International 1

Oakdale, N.Y. - The University of Bridgeport women's volleyball team overcame a slow start to advance to the semifinals of the 2010 NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball East Regional with a four-set, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-15, win over the American International College Yellow
Jackets.  Bridgeport, the number three seed, will face the University of New Haven, the number two seed, at 5:00 p.m. on Friday in the regional semifinals.

With the win, UB is now 24-4 overall.  AIC ends its season at 20-13.

Graduate student Agatha Baliddawa-Mukisa (Jinja, Uganda) and senior Terry Masava (Nairobi, Kenya) led the Purple Knights and tied for game-high on kills with 16 apiece.

Senior Ivana Kovacevic-Jurasin (Belgrade, Serbia)) also reached double figures in kills with 13.

Masava and Kovacevis-Jurasin notched double-doubles on the afternoon, as Terry notched 14 digs and Ivana recorded 13 digs.

Sophomore Taylor McBeth (Langley, B.C. Canada) had an outstanding all-around match for Bridgeport leading the team with 18 digs and recording seven kills and five assists.

Junior setter Tamara Leite (Natal, Brazil) directed the Bridgeport offense with 50 assists.

Provided by the Bridgeport Sports Information Department.

Dowling 3 Caldwell 0

The Golden Lions took another 3-0 straight set victory in 2010 on Thursday, this time at the expense of the Caldwell College Cougars in the NCAA DII East Region Championship at Dowling Gymnasium.  Dowling, who improves to 28-1 on the season and advances to the second round versus Adelphi University tomorrow at 7:30 PM, handed the Cougars their 8th loss of the year to end their season at 24-8.  

Patrycja Klekotka led the way for Dowling, tallying 14 kills off .480 hitting while also adding 2 service aces and 5 digs.  Maja Potpara was next in line with 9 kills and 23 assists including 5 aces of her own.  Amber Mosher of Caldwell led her team by slamming down 10 kills for the Cougars. 

Dowling started off the first set with a .406 team hitting percentage, overtaking Caldwell with a 25-19 final.  The Cougars made it a closer set in the second, but the Golden Lions were able to edge out the 25-22 victory.  Dowling followed that up with their most convincing win of the day, earning a 25-16 win to take the match. 

Dowling next faces Adelphi University in the 2nd round of the NCAA DII Championship.  Adelphi defeated C.W. Post in 5 sets later in the night to advance to the next round. 

Provided by the Dowling Sports Information Department.

Adelphi 3 C.W. Post 2

C.W. Post’s comeback effort fell short during the first round of the NCAA Tournament, as Adelphi was able to sneak out a 3-2 victory over the Pioneers (18-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-17, 10-15). Freshman Jordan Schroer (Kailua, Hawaii) had a career-high in kills as she led all participants with 20 kills. Seniors Amanda Ostapow (East Setauket, N.Y.) and Marilena Guadagnini (Huntington Beach, Calif.) each recorded double-doubles in their final games as Pioneers.  

After falling in the first two sets by the same score, 18-25, C.W. Post looked to have its back up against the wall with the Adelphi Panthers continuing its own attack, led by Hilary Pavels and Chelsea Overholt. Through the first two sets, the Pioneers managed to hit -.026 and .125 while committing a combined in the two sets 17 attacking errors.

The third set was a quick turnaround for C.W. Post however, with sophomore Geony Fisher (Goodyear, Ariz.) coming into the lineup and putting a fire into her teammates with her outstanding effort. The Pioneers combined as a team to hit .394 while putting down 17 kills during the third set.
C.W. Post played an outstanding fourth set, as they did not commit one hitting error throughout the match, completing 16 kills. Schroer and sophomore Lisa Delfs (Canadaigua, N.Y.) controlled the net area with Ostapow forcing her own kills while setting up her teammates. The Pioneers took the fourth set, forcing a deciding fifth set.

With the C.W. Post fans in attendance cheering on their team, the Pioneers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the fifth set. However, the Panthers fought back to tie the game and then take the lead without looking back. With Adelphi increasing its lead, the Pioneers in the end fell short of completing the comeback, losing the set 10-15.

Guadagnini finished her final collegiate match with her 14th double-double on the year behind 14 kills and a team-high 23 digs. Ostapow put together a great effort as well in her final game, putting up 49 assists along with 11 kills. She also added eight kills to her totals. Schroer was one dig away from a double-double and Delfs finished the match with nine kills.

Provided by the C.W. Post Sports Information Department.