Bears Fall to No. 18 Babson in NEWMAC Semifinals

Bears Fall to No. 18 Babson in NEWMAC Semifinals

BABSON PARK, Mass. --  Jordan Lapins hit .450 with a team-high 10 kills leading top-seeded and No. 18 Babson to a 3-0 win over fifth-seeded Coast Guard in the semifinals of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament.

The Beavers extended their school record winning streak to 20 and won 25-20, 25-16, 25-10.

Babson owns the longest home winning streak in Division III having won 37 straight matches improving to 31-1 on the season while Coast Guard closes out the season 20-10. The Beavers have now beaten the Bears in five of the last six seasons in the NEWMAC tournament. Coast Guard was making its first appearance in the NEWMAC semifinals since 2014.

This season's 20 wins marked the most wins under head coach Mike Bynon, in his fifth season, as it was the first 20 win season for the Bears since winning 22 matches and going 22-9 in 2013.

Amanda Dake hit .429 and led the Bears with 10 kills to go with seven digs. Angelou Dunton and Mary Sweet each finished with five kills.Veronica Hine had a team-high 11 digs while Makenna Martin led the way with 15 assists.

Dunton closes out her career as one of just four players in program history with 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs as she finished with 1,043 kills, which is ninth all-time at the Academy as well as 1,019 digs which is 13th all-time at Coast Guard. She also ranks 13th with 150 aces in her career.

Makenna Martin finishes fifth all-time at the Academy with 2,800 assists.

Coast Guard led for most of the first set holding leads of 12-8 and later 17-14 before the Beavers would use a 7-1 spurt to take the lead for good as they opened up a 21-18 advantage and won 25-20.

In the second set, the Beavers held a 10-9 edge and just like in the first set, a 7-1 run would give them a nice cushion as Babson led 17-10 and won it 25-16.

The Beavers would score eight straight in the third to open up a 17-5 lead en route to the 25-10 win to close out the match.

It was the final game for seniors Dunton, Martin, Kassidy Whitney and Ariel Hall, who as a class had four straight winning seasons earning four NEWMAC tournament berths, winning 71 matches and posting a record of 71-48 in their careers.

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