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Volleyball Drops Heartbreaking Five-Set Match to Trinity; McGee and Howley Register Career Highs

Katie Howley

HARTFORD, Conn. – Despite holding a 2-1 advantage through three sets, the Connecticut College volleyball team fell to Trinity by a 3-2 decision on Saturday afternoon in Oosting Gymnasium. The Bantams won the match by set scores of 25-11, 21-25, 19-25, 25-22, and 19-17.

After winning the fourth set to stay alive, Trinity used the wave of momentum to build a 9-3 advantage in the deciding frame. The visitors, however, stormed back and got a kill from sophomore Katie Howley (Scituate, Mass.) which started a 10-2 surge. Trinity led by scores of 15-14, 16-15, and 17-16, but Connecticut College did not go away and tied up the score three times to prolong the match even more. Unfortunately, the Bantams were able to get back-to-back kills from Alexandria Conde and Wylie Boughton to escape with the win.

Despite dropping the opening set by a lopsided margin, the Camels quickly recovered to capture the next two sets and seize control. Connecticut College never trailed in the second set after yielding the first point, as junior Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) set up freshman Avery Light (Sudbury, Mass.) and sophomore Emma Hewlin (Los Gatos, Calif.) for kills on three straight rallies to pull the visitors even.

The third frame featured seven ties and three lead swings, but the Camels prevailed again. Connecticut College took advantage of several Bantam attacking errors down the stretch and had senior Maddie Rust (Austin, Texas) and McGee team up for a block for the final point to put the team ahead.

Trinity, however, responded by taking a close fourth set by three points. The Camels burst ahead by an 11-2 score on a service ace by freshman Emma Roberts (Port Washington, N.Y.) followed by a kill from Light, but the hosts did not go away. Underwood recorded three aces during one rotation, which included putting Trinity ahead for the first time at 21-20, and the Bantams rode that wave all the way to earning their first NESCAC win of the season in an extended five-set battle.

Boughton led three Trinity players with double-digit kills by smashing 14 overall. Jessica Yang registered a season-high 49 assists and a career high with 32 digs from the setter position, while Underwood contributed 13 kills and four aces.

Hewlin and Light paced the Camels in the setback by combining for 25 of the team's 56 kills. McGee and Howley set career highs with 51 assists and 25 digs, respectively.

Connecticut College (4-9, NESCAC 1-4) will look to snap out of its skid when it visits neighboring Mitchell College on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.