Bears Sweep Union Tournament with Two, Five-Set Matches

Angelou Dunton
Angelou Dunton

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.-- Coast Guard volleyball used two, five-set victories to sweep Union and Williams today at the Union Tournament. The Bears improve to 8-3 on the season.

Coast Guard 3, Union 2
Senior Angelou Dunton had a game-high 18 kills with 14 digs and three aces to lead the Bears over Union 3-2 in their first match of the day. Coast Guard won the second, third, and the deciding fifth set; 20-25, 25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 15-13.

Sophomore Amanda Dake also reached a double-double with 17 kills, 13 digs and tallied a game-high five aces. Senior Makenna Martin had a team-high 33 assists and 13 digs and freshman Noelle Tursky added 21 assists for the Bears. Junior Veronica Hine recorded a game-high 25 digs for the Bears.

After dropping the first set, 20-25 the Bears battled back to take the next two sets.

With an 11-10 lead in the second set, Coast Guard used eight straight points to maintain the lead, bringing them to the 25-18 final.

Union rallied after being down 14-9 by scoring 4 more points to bring them within one in the third set but the Bears held off and extended their lead to take the third set 25-17 and a 2-1 lead in the match.

Union tied it up 2-2 by winning the fourth set, 25-21. Union held a three-point edge for most of the set to force the decisive fifth set.

The fifth set saw seven ties and two lead changes. The Bears were down 10-9 before scoring three points in a row to take a 12-10 lead, which was enough for them to end the set 15-13.

Coast Guard 3, Williams 2

Four players for Coast Guard reached double figures as the Bears won their second five-set match of the day. The Bears won the first, fourth, and fifth sets of their second match; 25-19, 12-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-8.

Turksy and sophomore Mary Sweet led the Bears with 12 kills each. Tursky also had a game-high 20 digs with four block assists and 16 assists. While Sweet added a game-high five block assists.

Dunton recorded her second double-double of the day with 11 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Maddie James added 10 kills and Makenna Martin tallied a game-high 30 assists.

With the first set tied 12-12, the Bears used a six-point run after a 12-12 tie to take the first set 25-19.

Williams won the next two sets, 25-12 and 25-21 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Coast Guard battled in the fourth set to force the match to five with a 26-24 victory. After a number of ties, Williams had a three point lead over the Bears, 21-18. Coast Guard rallied to bring themselves within one at 21-20 before Williams scored the next two points to take a 23-20 lead. The Bears scored the next four points to take the lead 24-23. With two consecutive errors by Williams, Coast Guard won the fourth set 26-24.

The Bears jumped to a 7-2 run in the final set and used that to extend to take the 15-8 final in the fifth set.

Coast Guard is back in action on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 PM when they travel to Clark to open up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.