Dowling Advances to the NCAA East Regional Semifinal Round

Dowling Advances to the NCAA East Regional Semifinal Round

West Haven, N.Y. - The Golden Lions advance to the Semifinal Round of the NCAA East Regional Tournament following a 3-0 sweep of the Cougars of Caldwell College.  With set wins of 25-9, 25-17 and 25-23, DC improves to 28-4 on the season as the Cougars end their season at 26-5.

In the opening set of the afternoon, the Golden Lions earned a convincing 1-0 match lead with a 25-9 win.  Dowling took to an early lead and did not let the Cougars gain any momentum.  Bethany Shepard, Dragana Jelovac, and Cassy Kelly each had two kills apiece with Maja Potpara tossing up five assists along with two service aces.  Morgan Mutranowski played stellar defense with a match leading five digs.  After am ace from Mutranowski, DC put up four unanswered points to extend their lead to 19-7.  Dowling would push through for the final six points for the win.

The second set opened up with both sides trading points.  With a slight lead (9-8), the Golden Lions went on a 6-0 run to increase their lead to 14-8.  A well placed Caldwell timeout broke DC momentum, however, Dowling recovered and a kill form Shepard put Dowling up by 6 (16-10).  The two teams exchanged points, but DC's Kelly answered with three kills out of the following four points.  Potpara and Shepard each put up kills as the Golden Lions closed out the set 25-17.  Shepard led all players with seven kills in the set with a .583 hitting percentage.  Mutranowski scooped up eight digs as Potpara tallied 17 assists.

The final set of the evening proved to be the most eciting match of the evening as it saw a tied score six times with two lead changes.  The beginning points were all earned by the Golden Lions.  A kill from Shepard gave DC a 6-0 lead, but the Cougars would not go easy.  Caldwell pushed back and inched their way within 3 (11-8) after a DC attack error.  Caldwell's Susan McDonough slammed three consecutive kills to knot the score at 11.  After a DC timeout, Chelsea Callahan blasted her first kill of the set to regain the lead.  The Cougars answered with a kill from Becca Feczer.  A point for point battle would follow, but a kill form Shepard and back to back kills from Callahan provided a four point advantage (22-18).  A kill from Kasey Bausch brought the Cougars back within one (23-22), but the Golden Lions pushed through and Jelovac closed out the match with a kill from Potpara.  Shepard and Jelovac each had five kills and Chelsea Callahan pitched in with four kills, eight digs and one sevice ace.

Leading the Golden Lions attack was Shepard with 14 kills and a .364 hitting percentage.  Potpara guided the offense with 36 assists as Mutranowski held the back line with a match leading 20 digs.  As a team the Golden Lions hit .299 with 41 kills, 40 assist, 44 digs, five service aces and six total team blocks.

For Caldwell, McDonough led with 8 kills as Lauren Roth put up 24 assists and Maddy Amon led with 11 digs.

Dowling advanced to the Semifinal round and the face the University of Bridgeport Purple Knights tomorrow, November 17th at 5:00 PM.

Provided by the Dowling Sports Information Department.