RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University women's volleyball team, the No. 1 seed from the North Division, has earned its first trip to the semifinals of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship tournament. Standing between the Golden Falcons and the championship match is a formidable, and familiar, foe.
Felician will face South Division No. 2 seed Holy Family University in the CACC semis on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Campus Center Gymnasium on Holy Family's northeast Philadelphia campus. The Tigers are hosting the semifinals and finals and were the 2018 conference champions.
Directions to Holy Family University are available at https://www.holyfamily.edu/about-holy-family-u/our-campuses-in-philadelphia/directions-maps (Philadelphia campus). Ticket prices for Saturday's match (CASH ONLY) are $8 for adults and $4 for children, students (with ID) and senior citizens. Children age three years and under will be admitted free.
Holy Family will provide a free online statistics feed at http://www.caccathletics.org/sports/wvball/2019-20/boxscores/20191123_grpy.xml. A live webstream through the CACC Network in partnership with BlueFrame Technology will be offered, for a $5 fee, at https://caccnetwork.com.
Felician (16-17) advanced with a 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-14, 25-12) quarterfinal victory over South No. 4 seed Wilmington (Del.) University on Tuesday in Rutherford. Senior Raamiah Edwards (Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) and sophomore Maddie Sloan (Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) had 14 kills each. Holy Family (23-8) received 17 kills from freshman Alyssa Hartney (Garnet Valley, Pa./Garney Valley) and 16 from junior Carly Covington (Delmar, Md./Delmar) during a 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-18) home first-round win over Bloomfield College.
Felician is sparked by First-Team All-CACC libero Sierra Gallagher (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kamehameha), the league's Defensive Player of the Year, and Second-Team all-conference setter Miquela Martinez (Santa Fe, N.M./St. Michael's). Gallagher, an eight-time league Defensive Player of the Week in her career, has 1,021 digs in two seasons, and Martinez has guided the Golden Falcons to a school-record attacking pace of .154. Edwards and junior middle blocker Katie Asbery (Mililani, Hawaii/Mililani) were Third-Team All-CACC selections.
Holy Family is ranked sixth in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region poll. The Tigers clamed the CACC Player of the Year in junior outside Carly Covington (Delmar, Md./Delmar) and the Setter of the Year, sophomore Morgan Silks (Norristown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll). Senior middle Gianna Pesognelli (Phoenix, Ariz./Pinnacle) and senior libero Jillian Boyle (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) also earned all-conference honors.
"Holy Family is well-rounded," said Felician senior co-captain Kali Vodrazka (Bayonne, N.J./Bayonne). "They keep us working hard, knowing the great competition we will face each time we meet them. They've always been a tough team to play."
HFU won the 2019 regular-season meeting between the schools, 3-2 (23-25, 32-30, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13), a clash that lasted two hours, 35 minutes, on October 26 in Rutherford. The Golden Falcons and Tigers also met in last year's quarters, with Holy Family earning a 3-2 victory on its way to the tournament championship. The Tigers lead the all-time series, 18-1.
"We're going to go into Saturday like just another match," said sixth-year Felician head coach John Chang, the 2019 CACC Coach of the Year. "There will be no difference in our mental preparation. We know the gym, we know the crowd, and we know we're in for a battle. But we'll be ready and we'll be prepared."
Should the Golden Falcons win on Saturday, they would advance to the championship match on Sunday at noon at the Campus Center Gym and would play the winner of the other semifinal between South No. 1 seed Georgian Court University and North No. 2 seed Caldwell University.
More information about the 2019 CACC Women's Volleyball Championship tournament is available at https://caccathletics.org/sports/wvball/2019-20/releases/1116Bracket.
The winner of the CACC Championship tournament automatically qualifies for the 2019 NCAA Division II East Regional Championship, to be held on the campus of a regional participant.
Felician University engages more than 2,400 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Education. Universal Franciscan values of respect, social justice, and compassion form an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow's leaders. Felician University was ranked 3rd-best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey in 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked the No. 1 safest college campus in the state by niche.com. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level. To learn more about Felician University please visit www.felician.edu.