Friday's Match: Maine Maritime Academy (22-6) vs. Springfield College (23-7), 3:00 p.m., Wildcat Center, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island.
Series History: This is the second meeting between the Mariners and the Pride. Springfield came away with a 3-0 win in the first-ever meeting in the NCAA First Round in 2008.
Last Meeting: The Mariners and Pride last met on November 11, 2008. Springfield came away with the 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-10) win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
How They Got Here: Maine Maritime won the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship Title on Saturday to advance into the national tournament, while Springfield fell to Babson College in the NEWMAC Championship match, but qualified for the NCAA Tournament after receiving a pool C berth.
The Mariners: The Mariners average 14.05 digs, 11.46 kills, 10.21 assists, and 3.47 aces per set.
Rachel Melampy leads the Mariners with 263 kills (4.46 k/s) and a .330 hitting percentage, Maria Perez leads the team with 390 digs (4.48 d/s) and Avery O'Neal leads Maine Maritime with 68 aces. Sydney Adams leads the Mariners with 795 assists (8.92 a/s) and Alexa Cacacie leads the team with 30 total blocks.
The Pride: The Pride average 15.45 digs, 11.79 kills, 11.15 assists, and 2.10 aces per set.
Jen Donnelly leads Springfield with 324 kills (3/09 k/s), Briana Tovar leads the team with 331 digs (3.92 d/s), and Sara Labadorf leads the Pride with 983 assists and 49 aces. Camryn Bancroft leads the team with 79 total blocks.,
Like Opponent: Both teams faced Coast Guard in the regular season. Maine Maritime fell to Coast Guard 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-13), while the Pride defeated the Bears 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 25-11, 22-25, 15-12).
The Other Matches: The winner of the Springfield/Maine Maritime match will take on the winner of the contest between second-seeded Wesleyan (17-5) and seventh-seeded Kean (19-15).
The remainder of the regional is as follows: fourth-seeded Franklin & Marshall (23-7) will play fifth-seed New Paltz (26-8) and top-seed and host Johnson & Wales (31-1) will take on eighth-seed Eastern Connecticut State (23-6) on Friday.
Tickets: Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for children (12-under) and children under two are free. Tickets sales are cash only and can be purchased the day of the game at the Wildcat Center.