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Volleyball Downs Castleton and Eastern Connecticut State at Dig Pink Tri-Match

Katie Howley

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The Connecticut College volleyball team won a pair of matches in straight sets against Castleton and Eastern Connecticut State of the Little East Conference on Saturday afternoon at Geissler Gymnasium.

Connecticut College 3, Castleton 0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-5)

The Camels never trailed in any set to record their most lopsided win of the season against the Spartans. Sophomore setter McKaela Simons (Redmond, Wash.) most notably had a breakout performance by amassing 37 assists and five aces, which were both career bests, in the victory.

Connecticut College most notably ripped through a whopping 24 service aces as a team, which accounted for nearly one-third of its scoring. Freshman Bridget Fatse (Trumbull, Conn.) had a game-high eight aces, while classmate Emma Roberts (Port Washington, N.Y.) and sophomore Katie Howley (Scituate, Mass.) joined Simons by providing five apiece.

Connecticut College 3, Eastern Connecticut State 0 (27-25, 25-14, 25-21)

Connecticut College completed the sweep of the tri-match, which was also a Dig Pink event, by beating the Warriors in straight sets and snapping the host school's impressive nine-game winning streak. Howley recorded consecutive kills to close out an extended opening frame before the Camels cruised in set two and rallied from behind in the final stanza.

Howley posted her third double-double of the season by finishing with 12 kills and 11 digs. She also hit at a .440 clip by only misfiring once on 25 swings. Sophomore Elle Kass (Los Gatos, Calif.) provided 18 digs, and junior Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) added 37 assists.

Connecticut College (7-10) will return to NESCAC play and next host Bates on Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.