NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College volleyball team defeated Nichols in straight sets on Tuesday evening at the Charles B. Luce Field House. Set scores were 25-9, 25-13 and 25-21.
The Camels rolled in the first set, scoring five of the first six points and never looking back. The hosts racked up five service aces in the early going, which was capped by senior Jenny Kellogg (Los Altos, Calif.) recording two in a row to make it 12-4 and prompt a Bison timeout. Sophomore McKaela Simons (Redmond, Wash.) set up freshman Avery Light (Sudbury, Mass.) for a kill to extend the margin to twin figures at 15-5, and the Camels eventually won the set by 16 points on a Bison attacking error.
Connecticut College led from wire-to-wire in the second set as well and built up a 7-1 advantage in the early going. Freshman Eliza Wolcott (San Francisco, Calif.) and sophomore Katie Howley (Scituate, Mass.) finished passes from Simons, and Kellogg followed with an ace to put the Camels ahead 14-5 and force the Bison to take a timeout. Back-to-back aces by freshman Bridget Fatse (Trumbull, Conn.) allowed the Camels to clinch the set by a 12-point margin.
Nichols (4-21) did not go away quietly and competed hard in the third and final frame following a 10-minute break. The Bison built up a quick 4-2 advantage on a Moriah Burns kill, but the Camels responded with eight unanswered to regain control. Even though the visitors threatened later in the set and came within two down the stretch, the Camels responded by getting a kill from freshman Emma Roberts (Port Washington, N.Y.) and earned their 10th win of the season on a Bison attacking error.
Roberts finished with four service aces for Connecticut College, which had seven players combine to record 14 in the match overall. Junior Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) finished with 16 assists and seven digs, while sophomore Emma Hewlin (Los Gatos, Calif.) and Light ended the game with seven kills apiece. Light also hit at an .875 clip by not committing an error on eight swings.
Jayleen Fegan led Nichols by providing four kills and nine digs. Megan Gardner contributed six assists, four kills and three digs.
Connecticut College (10-13) will wrap up the regular season with hopes of qualifying for the NESCAC Tournament when it first visits Tufts on Friday evening at 7 p.m.