Volleyball goes undefeated in Bear Classic

NEW LONDON, CT. –Coast Guard, ranked sixth in New England, posted a pair of wins to run its home win streak to 20 straight dating back to 2010 with a 3-1 win over DeSales and a 3-0 over Lasell in the Bear Classic at the Coast Guard Academy.

In other action during the day, Middlebury also beat DeSales 3-1 and Lasell 3-0.

Middlebury College opened up day two with a win over DeSales University, 3-1 (25-16, 13-25, 26-24, 25-17).

With the win, the Panthers improve to 6-3 on the season, while the Bulldogs dropped to 7-10.

In the first set, the teams exchanged points back-and-forth until Middlebury pushed the lead to 15-11. The Panther's then went on to score eight of the next ten points en route to a 25-16 win.

The second set was all DeSales. The Bulldogs never trailed in the set after getting out to a quick 8-3 lead. From there, they did their scoring in bunches, scoring three consecutive points four different times, winning the set 25-13.

The third set was a game of runs for both sides. With the score tied, 8-8, DeSales went on to score eight of the next ten, pushing the lead to 16-10. Middlebury answered right back on an eight of ten point run of their own, notching it up 18-18. The team's swapped the next ten points until the Panther's were able to string together the final three points of the set, winning 26-24.

In the fourth, with the set tied 14-14, Middlebury scored 11 of the next 14 points to win the set, 25-17, and the match 4-1.

Junior Amy Hart led the Panthers with 13 kills, while sophomore Olivia Kolodka finished with 11. Senior Julia Gibbs dished out 25 assists to go with her 3 aces. Senior Caitlin Barrett led Middlebury with 17 digs.

Sophomore Julie Blessing led the Bulldogs with ten kills and five blocks while sophomore Brooke Horrigan had a match-high 35 assists. Sophomore Amanda Wallitsch and senior Eden Reichard had 14 and 15 digs, respectively.

In the second match of the afternoon, the Bears extended their home winning streak to 21 games with a win over DeSales University, 3-1 (25-22, 25-12, 23-25, 25-16).

With the win, Coast Guard improves to 7-5 on the season, while the Bulldogs, who finished 1-2 this weekend, fall to 7-11.

In the first set, DeSales jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead before the Bears clawed their way back to win the set 25-22. Coast Guard had at least three unanswered points five different times during the opening set.

Coast Guard carried that momentum into the second set, jumping out to a 9-3 lead. The Bears never trailed in the set and scored eight of the final ten points, including seven unanswered behind the serving of freshman, Emily Gilland.

After trailing 18-12 in the third set, Desales went on an 8-2 run sparked by the serve of senior Eden Reichard, which tied the game 20-20. After several exchanges and the score tied, 22-22, the Bulldogs scored the final three points to win the set 25-22.

With the score tied 8-8 in the fourth set, the Bears rattled off seven straight points to take the lead, 15-8. The Bulldogs answered right back scoring six unanswered of their own to pull within one, 15-14. After a Coast Guard timeout, the Bears rallied and scored 10 of the final 12 points in the match, winning the set, 25-16.

Sophomores Nicole Morin, Amanda Wallitsch, and Brooke Horrigan paced the Bulldogs with 12 digs each, while freshman Kait Anderson led with 11 kills. Horrigan also had a team-high 32 assists.

Junior Kelsey DePorto and senior Catherine Walker led the Bears with 16 kills each, while senior Keriann Mason had 11 kills to go with her 14 digs. Senior Karen Matic had a match-high 35 assists.

In the third match of the day, Middlebury College followed up a winning performance from this morning with another victory, this time over Lasell College, 3-1 (25-9, 25-12, 25-11).

The Panthers, who finished 2-1 on the weekend, improved their record to 7-3 while the Lasers fell to 1-13.

After jumping out to a 9-6 lead in the first set, Middlebury scored eight consecutive points to push the lead to 16-6. Then, with the score 17-9, the Panthers scored eight more unanswered to close the set 25-9.

Middlebury, who never trailed during the match, used early leads to shut down the Lasers in each of the second and third sets, 25-12 and 25-11, respectively.

It was a team effort for the Panthers who had nine players register kills.Sophomore Olivia Kolodka led the team with eight while freshman Katherine Haderlein posted 13 assists in the victory.

Sophomores Kathy Cameron and Alexis Chappell both had four kills for the Lasers while freshman Alyssa Nahigian had nine assists to go with her three digs.

 
 

In the final match up the day, the hosting Bears beat Lasell College, 3-0 (25-16, 25-9, 25-17). With the win, Coast Guard, who finished the weekend a perfect 3-0, improves to 8-5. The Lasers, who were winless in the Bear Classic, fall to 1-14.

In the first set, with the score tied 12-12, the Bears were able to go on an 8-0 run giving them a 20-12 lead en  route to a 25-16 set win.

Coast Guard, who did not trail at all during the match, scored the first 10 points of the second set and rolled to a 25-9 victory.

After falling behind in the third set, Lasell was able to score four consecutive points, bringing themselves to within four, 12-8. The Bears squandered any momentum the Lasers built by scoring three unanswered of their own and finishing the match with a 25-17 third set win.

Junior Anna Feeter led Lasell with six kills and two aces, while freshman Alyssa Nahigian finished with 13 assists. Freshman Jordan Seid had a team-high eight digs.

For Coast Guard, senior Catherine Walker led the way with 11 kills while freshman Emily Gilland had eight aces to go with her eight digs. Junior Kelsey DePorto had nine kills and six blocks for the Bears who pushed their home win-streak to 22 games.

Walker, DePorto and junior libero Samantha Marmolejo were all named to the All-tournament team from Coast Guard while Hart and Gibbs were each named from Middlebury. Reichard from DeSales and Chappell from Lasell rounded out the All-tournament team.

 Head Coach Eric Snyder's post-game comments:

 
 

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