Bears Top Lancers, Pride on Final Day of CGA/ Conn. Tournament

Angelou Dunton
Angelou Dunton

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard finished off a perfect weekend topping Worcester State (3-0) and Regis (3-0) to go 4-0 at the Coast Guard Academy/Conn. College Tournament Saturday afternoon.

Match One: Coast Guard 3 Worcester State 0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-15)

Freshman Angelou Dunton hit over .500 as the Bears won their ninth straight set of the weekend against the Lancers 3-0.

Dunton hit .522 with a match high 13 kills and 12 digs and five aces. Freshman Bridget Boyle had a team high 15 digs with nine kills while sophomore Alexi Deane had seven kills hitting .375. Sophomore Makenna Martin and freshman Veronica Hine combined for 21 assists each. Senior Michelle McGill was second on the team with 11 digs. 

Worcester State was led by junior Amari King with nine kills and seven digs. Junior Allie Nolan had a team high 15 assists.

After an early 3-3 tie in the opening set Coast Guard took control going on a 16-7 run making the score 19-10. Dunton had three kills over this stretch while Martin had five assists.

The Bears finished off the opening set winning 25-15. Sophomore Alex Kempf had a perfect hitting percentage in the first with five kills while Dunton hit .625 with a team high five digs. Hine had 10 assists and Martin added seven of her own.

Coast Guard was dominant in the second set as well running out to an early 9-2 led by two aces from Dunton, two kills from Deane and an ace and kill from senior Madison Scott. Martin had four assists.

The Bears only allowed eight more points through the second set and hit .360 as a team with 12 kills going up 2-0 with a 25-10 win.

It was more of the same if the third and final set as Coast Guard jumped out to a 16-6 lead before Worcester State called timeout. Boyle and Dunton each had three kills over this stretch while Martin dished out six assists.

The Lancers came out of the timeout to close the gap slightly at 17-9 and then 21-14 but could not get closer than seven as Boyle smashed home a kill for the winner, wrapping up the Bears third straight set victory of the weekend 25-15.

Match Two: Coast Guard 3 Regis 0 (25-23, 25-13, 28-26)

The Bears pulled out their final match of the Coast Guard Academy/Conn. College Tournament wrapping up a perfect weekend for Coast Guard with a 3-0 win over Regis.

Dunton had led the team 11 kills, 11 digs and three aces while Deane hit .385 with six kills. Hine handed out 15 assists while Martin had 10 of her own. Freshman Heather Miller was second on the team with eight digs. Kempf had a match high five aces.

The Pride were led by sophomore Katryna Veasey who had 11 kills and 10 digs. Senior Sydney Trusty had a team high 13 digs while senior Haley Schulte had 14 assists and 10 digs. Junior Caroline Fuentes had four aces.

It was a tight first set for the two teams with the score at 15-15 at the midway point. Coast Guard moved a head 20-16 with two kills from Boyle, and one from senior Emma Saunders and sophomore Ashley Sandquist.

The Pride did not go away quietly as they tied the match up at 20 with three straight kills from Veasey forcing a timeout from the Bears.

Coast Guard did not allow Regis to jump ahead scoring three straight out of the timeout for a 23-20 lead before the Pride called a timeout of their own.

Once again Regis clawed their way back moving within one at 23-22 before Dunton smashed two straight kills to pull out the opening set win 25-23.

The Bears left little doubt in the second set running out to a 14-2 lead behind four aces from Kempf. Coast Guard closed out the second set holding The Pride to 13 points and moving ahead 2-0 with the 25-13 win.

The third set returned to a back-and-forth affair as the Bears jumped out to a 6-3 lead before Regis scored seven straight points making the score 10-6 and forcing a Coast Guard timeout.

The Pride held onto the lead before the Bears tied it at 15 after an ace from Kempf and back-to-back kills from Dunton and Deane.

Regis moved back ahead by three at 19-16 behind a kill from Trusty and an ace from Fuentes.

After Coast Guard tied the score again at 20-20 the Pride moved ahead once again and pushed it to match point at 24-22 before the Bears came alive to tie it at 25 and then put Regis away 28-26 to win their fourth straight match in their last 12 sets.

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday, September 12th, when they travel to Worcester, Massachusetts for their first NEWMAC game of the season against the Clark Cougars. Opening serve is 7:00.

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