ELMHURST, Ill.—Coast Guard dropped a pair of matches during the second and final day at the Elmhurst Volleyball Invitational.
The Bears lost their first match of the day 3-1 to St. Norbert (25-21, 19-25, 27-25, 25-11) before falling to #12 Carthage in a tight match 3-2. Carthage won the first two games 25-19 and 26-24 before the Bears won 25-23 to force a fourth set. Coast Guard dropped the fourth set 25-23 to drop to 0-4 on the season.
"The tournament schedule was not kind to us as we did not leave the gym until 10:30 pm the night before and had to return to play a solid St. Norbert team at 9:00 am," said Snyder. " We could not find the energy or fire necessary to pull us out of some of their offensive runs. With that said, we did serve well throughout the match and effectively put St. Norbert out of system and limited their middle attack. We were also fortunate to have a few of the underclassman step up and play well."
In the match against Carthage, Keriann Mason had 11 kills and 27 digs, Samantha Marmolejo added 30 digs while Maggie Hine had 16 assist and two aces.
"We ended the tournament playing some defensively inspired Coast Guard brand of volleyball to against a very young but incredibly talented Carthage team. We were able to bounce back and play some incredible defense against a group of strong attackers," said Snyder. " I was proud of the great defensive effort we put out but we need to work on improving our mental focus during those critical times in a match when the pressure is on. Overall, I think we grew as a team and it has become more clear what we need to work on in order to compete and win against the top programs in the country."
Three of the Bears four losses in the tournament were to teams ranked in the Top 15 of the AVCA Division III Top 25 poll. All four of Coast Guard's opponents this weekend were in the NCAA tournament last year.