September 4, 2011

Bears Knock Off #4 Christopher Newport

HAVERFORD, PA.--(9/4/11)--Coast Guard pulled a huge upset fighting off a match point in the fourth set to beat Christopher Newport, ranked fourth nationally, 3-2 to finish the Haverford Tournament with a 3-1 record and improve to 4-1 overall on the season. The Bears beat Susquehanna 3-0 earlier in the day.

Coast Guard, which had split a pair of matches on Saturday, beat Susquehanna 25-23, 25-20 and 25-21 to begin play on Sunday as junior Keriann Mason led the way with 12 kills, freshman Kelsey Hickle added eight kills and sophomore Kelsey DePorto finished with seven kills. Junior Karen Matic led the Bears with 25 assists in the win.

In the final match of the day, the Bears knocked off #4 Christopher Newport 3-2. The Captains reached the NCAA tournament Elite 8 in each of the last two seasons and last season they finished 38-3 overall ranked fifth in the nation. Christopher Newport beat #8 California Lutheran 3-0 yesterday and had not dropped set with a 3-0 record entering this afternoon's match against Coast Guard.

Coast Guard won the match 16-25, 25-21, 20-25, 26-24, 15-11.

In the first set, the Captains led from start to finish before in the second set the Bears used a 5-1 run to break a 13-13 tie and never looked back to tie the match at a set apiece.

Christopher Newport never trailed in the third set and led by as many as eight at 21-13 before winning 25-20. Coast Guard fell behind 5-1 in the fourth set and trailed 20-16. The Captains had match point leading 24-23, but a kill by Hickle tied the game 24-24. The freshman then served the next two point to tie the match at two games apiece.

In the fifth and deciding set, Coast Guard again had to come-from-behind as the Bears trailed 4-1 and trailed 8-5 before scoring five straight with Mason serving four of those points for a 10-8 edge. The Captains scored back-to-back points tying the set 10-10. The Bears scored five of the final six points to complete the upset.

Hickle led the Bears with 16 kills along with 12 digs while Mason added ten kills to go with 13 digs. Matic led the way with 39 assists and 26 digs and Sam Marmolejo had 21 digs in the win.

DePorto had eight kills and a team-high five blocks while junior Catherine Walker had nine kills and three blocks for the Bears.

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