South Division Top Seeded Wildcats to Face North Division’s No. 4 Post in CACC Quarterfinal
Monday, November 5, 2012 - Newark, Del.
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Ninth year head coach Kim Huggins-Habbert has led the Wildcats to its best regular season record in program history (26-5 overall)Junior Katie Shorter leads the CACC with 1.45 blocks per set, recording her 200th career block assist last Saturday against PostThe Wildcats earned the South Division No. 1 seed with a 18-1 CACC regular season record
With the regular season over and the Wilmington University volleyball team completing its most successful campaign in its NCAA era, the Wildcats begin to set its sights towards the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament, beginning on Tuesday with a home match against Post starting at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats (26-5, 18-1 CACC) captured the CACC South Division and will be the division’s number one seed heading into the Tournament. With Post’s win against Goldey-Beacom on Friday, the Eagles’ clinched a berth into the CACC Tournament and will be the North Division’s number four seed.
The CACC Quarterfinal match is set to begin at 7 p.m. at the WU Athletics Complex. Admission will be charged for all Conference Tournament games, including first round contests. Fee will be $6 for adults, $3 for children, senior citizens and students with ID. Children under the age of 3 will be admitted for free.
Tuesday will be the 13th meeting between the two programs since the Wildcats joined the NCAA ranks prior to the fall of 2004. Including a 3-1 victory in the regular season this year, Wilmington holds an 11-1 all-time advantage. The lone Post victory came in 2005, a 3-1 defeat at home for the Wildcats. Wilmington has rattled off 12 straight victories in the series.
The Last Meeting Between the Teams:
The teams should be very familiar with each other as they two squared off to end the regular season at the WU Athletics Complex on Saturday. Wilmington came out on top, 3-1, with set scores of 25-16, 25-19, 19-25 and 25-11. Katie Shorter collected her 200th career block assist in the win, picking up six more on the season and adding one solo block. Kaitlin DiGiacinto led the team with 12 kills and 18 digs while Alex Siolos passed out 20 assists. Brittany Biddle and Siolos tallied seven block assists each in a match which saw Wilmington out-block Post 14-5. Seniors Nicole Wiechecki and Brooke Foskey collected nine kills each while Shorter picked up eight.
All-Time Record in CACC Tournament:
Overall, the Wildcats are 4-5 while participating in six CACC Tournaments. They went 2-0 in the 2004 Tournament, capturing its only CACC Tournament Championship in program history. The only years Wilmington did not participate in the CACC Tournament was in 2007 and again in 2009. Last season, as the South Division’s No. 3 seed, the Wildcats defeated Dominican, the North Division’s No. 2 seed, 3-1, to advance to the CACC Semifinals. They fell to South’s No. 1 Holy Family, 3-1.
How the Wildcats Fared Against CACC Tournament Participating Teams:
#1 Dominican – L, 0-3 – October 27 at Dominican
#2 Caldwell – W, 3-2 – October 20 at WU Athletics Complex
#3 Nyack – W, 3-2 – September 22 at WU Athletics Complex
#4 Post – W, 3-1 – November 1 at WU Athletic Complex
#1 Wilmington – NA
#2 Philadelphia – W, 3-0 – September 28 at WU Athletics Complex; W, 3-0 – October 17 at Philadelphia
#3 Georgian Court – W 3-1 – September 19 at GCU; W, 3-0 – October 12 at WU Athletics Complex
#4 USciences – W, 3-0 – September 25 at USciences; W, 3-1 – October 26 at WU Athletics Complex