NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College volleyball team fell to Coast Guard by a 3-0 decision on Thursday evening at Roland Hall. Set scores were 25-21, 25-17 and 25-20.
The beginning of the first set was a seesaw affair with five ties and two lead changes over the first 14 rallies. A Camel service error, however, sparked a 4-0 run for the Bears which prompted the visitors to take a timeout. Connecticut College chipped away at the deficit and was able to tie the set at 16s with sophomore McKaela Simons (Redmond, Wash.) coming in to quarterback the offense, but the hosts responded with five straight points to pull away. A kill by Angelou Dunton gave the Bears a four-point win in the opening set.
Connecticut College scored two straight and three of the first four points of the second set, but the Bears battled back once again to establish control. Amanda Drake got the offense going by registering five kills, forcing the Camels to call a timeout with the hosts ahead by a 13-8 score. Coast Guard continued to roll after the break and built up a 20-11 lead on back-to-back aces by Dunton, and the Camels were unable to recover.
The Camels jumped out to a 5-1 advantage in the third set, as the hosts committed three attacking errors and a service error in the early stages. Coast Guard, however, fought back and scored seven straight points to move ahead with Veronica Hine providing three aces during the hot stretch. The margin extended to as many as seven before Makenna Martin eventually put things away with a kill on match point.
Coast Guard (17-8) was led by Drake and Dunton. Drake finished with a match-high 13 kills, while Dunton contributed 11 kills, eight digs and four service aces. Martin notched 40 assists, and Hine ended the game with eight digs and three aces.
Sophomore Emma Hewlin (Los Gatos, Calif.) paced the Camels by registering 11 kills. She also hit at a .611 clip by not committing an error on 18 swings. Freshman Avery Light (Sudbury, Mass.) added 10 kills, while junior Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) finished with 17 assists.
Connecticut College (8-12) travels to Emerson for a tri-match on Saturday afternoon to face Framingham State at 1 p.m. and the host Lions at 3 p.m.