NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard dropped two matches Saturday afternoon falling to 15. MIT 3-0 and Hunter 3-1.
Match One: 15. MIT 3 Coast Guard 0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-17)
15. MIT won in straight sets for the fourth straight match topping Coast Guard 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-17).
With the loss, the Bears fall to 9-4 overall and 2-2 in the NEWMAC. The Engineers stay undefeated on the year at 13-0 and 3-0 in conference play.
Freshman Bridget Boyle led the Bears with eight kills and eight digs while sophomore Alexi Deane had seven. Senior Michelle McGill had a team high nine digs. Sophomore Makenna Martin had 13 assists and seven digs while Veronica Hine had eight and three.
Junior Abby Bertics had a match high 10 kills while freshman Andie Maloney had 29 assists and seven digs. Junior Carly Silvernale led the Engineers with 13 digs and sophomore Madison Lee had 11 of her own.
Midway through the first set Coast Guard held a three-point advantage over the Engineers at 11-8. Senior Emma Saunders had two kills over this stretch.
MIT then rattled off six straight points to take a three-point lead of their own and force a timeout by the Bears. Senior Lisette Tellez had one kill and Lee had a service ace over this run.
The Engineers continued to press pushing their lead to seven at 24-17 and looked to close out the match before the Bears scored four straight points to close within three at 24-21.
MIT however shut the door after a timeout as Christine Liao set Senior Ali Davanzo for the final kill of the opening set giving the Engineers the 1-0 lead.
In the second set, the Engineers were in control from the jump running out to a 15-7 lead forcing a Coast Guard timeout. Telez and Bertics each had three kills in the early going.
MIT pushed their lead to 10 winning the second set 25-15 and taking a 2-0 lead.
Neither team could pull away in the early going of the third set as it was 10-10 midway through. Boyle had four kills for the Bears while Davanzo had three for the Engineers.
MIT slowly beginning to creep away from this point forward with a four-point lead (14-10) and then a five-point lead (19-14) before closing out the third and final set 25-17.
Match Two: Hunter 3 Coast Guard 1 (25-15, 23-25, 25-13, 25-23)
Hunter won the final match of the day topping Coast Guard 3-1 in non-conference action Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, the Bears fall to 9-5 on the season while the Hawks improve to 9-2 overall.
The Bears were led by Boyle who had 19 kills and 16 digs. Martin notched a team high 29 assists while senior Michelle McGill had a match high 20 digs. Deane finished with nine kills and four digs.
Hunter was led by Junior Taylor Haiduk who had a team high 14 kills with nine digs. Junior Miranda Hogan had a match high 35 assists while junior Haley Trunkett had a team high 18 digs. Junior Marlena Budna hit .409 with 11 kills.
In the first set Coast Guard was up 5-4 before the Hawks rattled off six straight points to take a 10-4 lead and force a Bears timeout.
Coast Guard closed within 14-10 on a block by Deane and senior Madison Scott before Hunter pushed the lead back to ten at 22-11 on their way to finishing off the opening set 25-15.
In a tight second set the Bear were able to pull away late for the 25-23 win. Boyle had three kills in the Bears final five points to tie the match at five.
The Hawks however slammed the door on any chance of the match going five winning the third set 25-13 and closing out a tight fourth set late, 25-23.
Coast Guard is back in action on Tuesday, September 26th when they travel to Springfield, Massachusetts to take on the Springfield Pride. Opening serve is 7:00.