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
November 25, 2013 DePorto, Marmolejo Selected for Senior Classic
November 11, 2013 DePorto, Marmolejo Named All-Conference
November 9, 2013 Volleyball Falls 3-0 to Wellesley
November 5, 2013 Bears Knock Off Babson Advance to NEWMAC Semifinals
November 2, 2013 Bears Fall in Regular Season Finale
October 29, 2013 Bears Fall at Wellesley
October 28, 2013 Muller Earns NEWMAC and CGASPORTS.COM Weekly Honors
October 26, 2013 Volleyball downs Vassar 3-2
October 25, 2013 Bears Record 20th Win of Season
October 22, 2013 Muller Leads Bears Past Emerson
October 15, 2013 Marmolejo Sets Record but Bears Win Streak Snapped
October 12, 2013 Volleyball Pushes Win Streak to 8
October 11, 2013 Bears Win Sixth Straight
October 8, 2013 Bears Run Win Streak to Five
October 5, 2013 Volleyball comes out on top at JWU Invite
October 4, 2013 Volleyball Sweeps a Pair at JWU Invite
October 1, 2013 Volleyball's Furious Rally Falls Just Short
September 28, 2013 Volleyball tripped up by Roger Williams
September 26, 2013 Bears Win Fourth Straight
September 24, 2013 Bears Hold Off Smith; Win in Five Sets
September 21, 2013 Bears Pick Up Pair of Wins in Worcester
September 17, 2013 Bears Drop NEWMAC Opener at Springfield
September 14, 2013 Volleyball downs Merchant Marine
September 9, 2013 DePorto Named CGASPORTS.COM Athlete of the Week
September 7, 2013 DePorto records 1,000th kill; Volleyball sweeps at Brandeis Invite
August 31, 2013 Volleyball Splits; Give Ilkson First Career Win
August 30, 2013 Volleyball Drops Season Opener
August 29, 2013 VOLLEYBALL 2013 SEASON PREVIEW