Bears Win Fourth Straight

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.--Coast Guard ran its win streak to four with a 3-0 road win over Smith in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match. The Bears won 25-23, 25-21, 25-23 to improve to 14-8 overall and 4-2 in the conference .

Smith is now 6-11 overall, and 2-4 in the NEWMAC.

Smith was led by Blair Bell, who totalled nine kills on 13 attempts for a .692 hitting percentage, while Mei-Li Smith had 13 assists and 17 digs.  The Bears were led by Kelsey DePorto who had 12 kills while Maggie Hine lead the way with 31 assists.

The Pioneers opened up an 8-6 lead in the first set on Becca Alexander's kill and an ace from Paige Sarlandt.  Coast Guard scored the next four points for a 10-8 advantage, but Smith pulled within two on a kill from Sarlandt.  The set went back-and-forth, with neither team opening up more than a three point lead.  Blair Bell's kill knotted the match at 20, before the Bears brought the set to point by scoring the next four.  Smith pulled within one with a 3-0 burst, before the Bears ended the set with a 25-23 win.

Smith took a four point lead midway through the second set, as kills from Rosa Drummond, Mei-Li Smith, and Blair Bell staked Smith to a 15-11 advantage.  The Bears tied the set at 15, but a service ace from Bell restored Smith's advantage to 18-17.  Coast Guard finished the set by scoring eight of the final 11 points to take a 25-21 victory.

The Bears would also rally in the final set, turning a 13-11 deficit into a 17-16 advantage.    Smith kept the set within a point at 20-19 oon another kill from Bell, but the Bears pulled away from Smith for a 25-23 win.

Smith will return to the court this weekend, traveling to Keene, N.H. for a quad-match with the host Owls, Plymouth State, and Mount Holyoke.  The Pioneers play Plymouth State at 12 and Keene State at 2:30.  Coast Guard will travel to Bowdoin College for a non-conference matchup on October 12.

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