NEW LONDON, Conn.-The Coast Guard women's volleyball team picked up a pair of non-conference victories over Ramapo and Bridgewater State at the Coast Guard Bear Classic on Saturday. After picking up a 3-1 victory over Ramapo (12-9), Coast Guard (18-5) would then take down Bridgewater State (12-12) 3-0 in the tournament finale.
The victories are the seventh and eighth in a row, respectively, for the Bears who have won 18 of 21 since dropping their first two matches of the season.
Coast Guard 3, Ramapo 1
After dropping the first set 17-25, Coast Guard rebounded to win the next three (25-17, 25-21,25-18) in pretty convincing fashion to pick up their seventh win in a row.
Coast Guard, led by four players with double-figure kills, attacked at .203 while holding Ramapo to a .188 hitting percentage. Senior Kelsey DePorto led the Bears with 18 kills and was second with a .271 hitting percentage while freshmen Susan West and Rebekah Muller were each in double figures with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Sophomore Ashley Dumont was also lights out hitting, totaling 10 kills against just one error in 17 attempts for a staggering .529 hitting percentage.
Sophomore Maggie Hine recorded 13 digs and led Coast Guard with 44 assists while sophomore Kaitlin Mac Iver had 39 assists to lead Ramapo.
With some line-up changes, Coast Guard got contributions from all over the court with five players recording 10 or more digs, including three with more than 20. Freshman Michaela McKeown led the Bears with 24, followed by West and senior Samantha Marmolejo with 23 and 22, respectively. Rebekah Muller chipped in with 11 assists of her own on the afternoon.
In all, three players (Hine, Marmolejo, and West) had double-doubles for Coast Guard.
Junior Sara Pendleton attacked at .256 with 15 kills while sophomore Cathryn Smart had 12 kills and a .154 success rate for Ramapo. The Roadrunners had four players in double figures for digs with freshman Rachel Selmore leading the way with 18, followed by sophomore Emily Harris with 17 while freshman Natalia Saavedra and Mac Iver had 11 apiece.
The meeting was just the second on record between the two schools, with the other being a 3-0 Coast Guard victory in 2001 at the Plattsburgh State Tournament.
Coast Guard 3, Bridgewater State 0
Coast Guard seemed to be in control throughout their final match of the tournament, as they jumped on Bridgewater State, winning the first set 25-20 before taking the next two by 25-22 and 25-22 margins, respectively. The straight set victory pushed Coast Guard's season-long winning streak to eight.
In a Bear of a match-up, Coast Guard narrowly out-hit Bridgewater State .146-.133. DePorto once again led the way with 20 kills, against six errors for a .318 hitting percentage. West and Muller added nine and eight kills, respectively.
Hine again led Coast Guard with 34 assists and just missed out on her second double-double of the day after tallying nine digs.
McKeown led the team with 20 digs while Muller and Marmolejo recorded 18 and 10 respectively for Coast Guard.
Senior Danielle Dean had 10 kills and attacked at .188 while freshman Hannah Maymon had nine kills and a .273 attacking rate for Bridgewater State.
Freshman Charleyne Panner recorded a double-double for Bridgewater State with a team-high 15 assists and a tied team-high of 16 digs. Junior Sarah Mullarkey (16), senior Kristen Robillard (14), and Dean (10) were all in double figures in digs for Bridgewater State.
The match was the first meeting between the two schools since 2009 (a 3-0 Coast Guard victory) and Coast Guard has now won the last eight in the all-time series, dating back to 1997 when records are available.
Coast Guard will return to action on Tuesday, October 15th when they travel to take on Wheaton at 7:00 pm before returning home the following Tuesday, October 15th to host Emerson at 7:00 pm.
Head Coach Aylene Ilkson: