BOSTON, Mass. – The Connecticut College volleyball team split a pair of matches against Framingham State and host Emerson at the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym on Saturday afternoon. The Camels first defeated the Rams in four sets before dropping a 3-1 decision to the host Lions.
Connecticut College 3, Framingham State 1 (25-11, 22-25, 25-15, 25-23)
Connecticut College dominated the first set against Framingham State and built up a double-digit advantage on a pair of Ram attacking errors. Sophomore Elle Kass (Los Gatos, Calif.) extended the Camel lead to 20-6 by landing back-to-back service aces to help the team cruise in the early stages.
After Framingham State (15-13) won the second set, Connecticut College recovered and easily won the third set by 12 points. Although the Rams were competitive in the fourth frame, the Camels got a kill from sophomore Emma Hewlin (Los Gatos, Calif.) on match point to earn their ninth victory of the season.
Hewlin smashed a game-high 16 kills, added two blocks, and hit at a .500 clip to lead the way for Connecticut College during its opening match of the afternoon. Freshman Eliza Wolcott (San Francisco, Calif.) contributed 12 kills, while Kass finished with 19 digs, four assists and three aces. Junior Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) and sophomore McKaela Simons (Redmond, Wash.) combined for 44 assists while collectively quarterbacking the offense.
Emerson 3, Connecticut College 1 (20-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-12)
Playing with very little rest, the Camels started strong against Emerson and rattled off five straight points to take an early 5-1 lead by having McGee set up three different attackers for four kills. They never trailed again in the opening frame. Freshman Avery Light (Sudbury, Mass.) teamed up with senior Jenny Kellogg (Los Altos, Calif.) for a block and then smashed a kill on set point to put the Camels in control.
Emerson (15-12), however, recovered and won a back-and-forth second set to seize the momentum. A Camel service error with the score tied at 25s followed by a Grace Tepper kill allowed the Lions to tie the match up. The Lions then used the wave to capture set three, 25-20, and the fourth frame by a 25-12 decision to earn their 15th victory of the fall.
Hewling registered double-digit kills for the fifth straight match, racking up 15 to pace the Camels in the setback. McGee ended the contest with 28 assists, and Kass notched a team-leading 21 digs. Light and Kellogg also put up twin figures with 11 kills and 10 digs, respectively, while also combining for five blocks.
Connecticut College (9-13) will play its final home match of the season when it entertains Nichols College for its annual "Green Dot Game" on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.