TOWSON, Md. -- The University of Delaware volleyball team will be
chasing its dream of a third straight Colonial Athletic Association
Tournament title this weekend as the Blue Hens will take part in the
league championship tournament at Towson University's Towson Center.
The Blue Hens (15-13) are one of the CAA's hottest teams with Delaware
entering the tournament having won three straight matches and seven of
its last eight, including a 3-0 win over UNCW Saturday that clinched the
No. 2 seed in the tournament.
Host Towson, which went undefeated in league play this year at 12-0 and
is 25-3 overall with a current 17-match win streak, is the No. 1 seed in
the tournament while Delaware, which went 9-3 in league play, is the No.
2 seed. The top two seeds earn first round byes and move directly to the
No. 6 seed James Madison (12-15, 5-7 CAA) will take on No. 3
Northeastern (20-6, 9-3 CAA) in the first quarterfinal game on Friday,
Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. followed by No. 5 William & Mary (13-13, 5-7 CAA)
taking on No. 4 Hofstra (18-13, 6-6 CAA) at 7 p.m.
Delaware will take on the James Madison-Northeastern winner on Saturday,
Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. followed by Towson taking on the William &
Mary-Hofstra winner at 7 p.m. The semifinal winners will meet in the
championship game Sunday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. with the winner earning an
automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Tickets can be purchased at the door each day of the tournament. Live
video and live statistics will be available on the CAA website site at
www.caasports.com or on the Delaware athletics website at
The Blue Hens have dominated CAA Tournament action of late and have
qualified for the post-season tournament for the seventh straight year
and for the 9th time in 11 seasons under head coach Bonnie Kenny.
The Hens are 5-2 all-time in semifinal action under Kenny and have
captured CAA Tournament titles in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. Delaware
will be looking to become the first CAA team to win three straight
titles since George Mason won five straight in 1992-96.
Delaware went 4-3 vs. the CAA Tournament field this season, sweeping
William & Mary, defeating Northeastern and Hofstra in their only
matchups, falling to James Madison in its only meeting with the Dukes,
and dropping both contests to Towson.
Senior outside hitter Alissa Alker, a two-time All-CAA performer, leads
the Blue Hens in points (359.5), kills per game (3.01), and service aces
(32) while ranking second in digs per game (3.27) and fourth in blocks
per game (.50). All-CAA senior Chelsea Lawrence leads the team in
hitting percentage (.251) and blocks per game (0.95) while freshmen
Ariel Shonk (5.7 digs per game) and Mackenzie Olsen (10.1 assists per
game) rank No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the CAA in their statistical