NEW LONDON, Conn.--(11/12/11)--Junior Keriann Mason had a match-high 11 kills and a team-high eight digs while sophomore Kelsey DePorto had ten kills and a match-high eight blocks leading top-seeded Coast Guard to a 3-0 win over fourth-seeded Keene State in the semifinals of the ECAC Division III New England Volleyball Championship.
Coast Guard improved to a perfect 12-0 at home this season and 25-6 overall winning by game scores of 25-14, 25-19, 25-23. Keene State, the defending ECAC New England champions, finish the season 19-14.
The top-seeded Bears will play for the championship at 5:00 today.
The Bears jumped out to a 9-2 edge in the opening game and cruised to the 25-14 win.
In the second game, Coast Guard once again got off to a big lead early this time the Bears led 10-2 and increased the lead to 17-7. Keene State did not go quietly using a 10-4 spurt to cut the deficit to 21-17 before Coast Guard scored four of the final six points for the 25-19 win.
The final game was back-and-forth. Keene led 10-8 before Coast Guard had a 16-14 edge and the Owls then tied the match 16-16. Neither team took more than a one-point lead with the match being tied at every point until Coast Guard scored back-to-back points for a 24-22 lead and closed out the match with a 25-23 win.
Junior Karen Matic had ten kills and a team-high 14 assists, junior Catherine Walker added seven kills in the win.
Also for the Bears freshman LeighAnne Brazier had six kills and six blocks while classmate Elise Sako had a team-high 12 assists.
Senior Bridget O'Bryant led the Owls with six kills and ten digs while classmate Kristen Girard also had six kills. Junior Alex Lehocky had a match-high 13 digs for Keene State while senior Laurie Whalen had a match-high 20 assists to close out her collegiate career.
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