Bears Record 20th Win of Season
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Freshman Susan West had 12 kills leading Coast Guard to thrilling a 3-2 win over rival Connecticut College on Dig Pink Night at the Coast Guard Academy. The yearly Dig Pink match is to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer.
The Bears won game scores of 25-16, 11-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-13.
Coast Guard, which wore its special white uniforms with pink letters and numbers tonight, improves to 20-6 on the season. The Bears have now won 20 or more games in four of the last five seasons. Conn. College drops to 11-10 on the season.
The Bears scored six of eight points to open up a 16-10 lead in the opening game en route to a 25-16 win.
Conn. jumped out to an 11-3 lead in game two and never looked back winning 25-11.
Coast Guard trailed 10-9 in the third before scoring seven straight behind the serving of freshman Rebekah Muller for a 16-10 lead. The Camels responded with five straight to pull to within 16-15 when the Bears answered with six straight with sophomore Emily Gilland serving as the Bears won 25-18.
The Camels forced a fifth game by scoring six of the eight seven points in game four for a 25-20 win.
The fifth and deciding game was tied six times, the last time being 8-8. Coast Guard led 12-11 and scored back-to-back points for a 14-11 lead, but the Camels fought of two straight match points before a service error gave Coast Guard the 15-13 win.
Senior Kelsey DePorto added 11 kills in the win while Muller had eight kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Maggie Hine led the Bears with 39 assists to go with 11 digs while senior Samantha Marmolejo had a match-high 21 digs in the win.
Freshman Alex Mcdevitt led the Camels with a match-high 17 kills while classmate Chloe Ainley added 14 kills. Sophomore Caroline Martin had 11 kills and 11 digs for Conn. College while sophomore Kaitlin Cunningham had a match-high 45 assists in the loss.
Coast Guard and Conn. College are both back in action tomorrow at the Coast Guard Academy against Vassar. The Camels will play the Brewers at noon while the Bears will take on Vassar at 2 p.m.
POST GAME COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH AYLENE ILKSON