Dake Leads Bears to Thrilling Comeback Win at Springfield

Amanda Dake
Amanda Dake

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Amanda Dake had a huge night as she registered a career-high 26 kills as Coast Guard rallied for a thrilling 3-2 win over Springfield in a key New England Women's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match.

The night didn't start well for the Bears, who looked sluggish dropping the first game 25-12, but they responded to win in five 12-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-14, 15-10.

The Bears improve to 12-4 overall and 4-1 in the NEWMAC while Springfield drops to 12-5 overall and 1-3 in conference play. The Pride beat the Bears 3-2 in New London last year.

Coast Guard, which was coming off a marathon 3-2 loss to MIT on Saturday won at Springfield for the second straight time as the Bears beat the Pride 3-1 in 2017.

Bridget Boyle and Angelou Dunton each added 11 kills for Coast Guard while Noelle Tursky had a triple-double with 10 kills, 15 digs and 26 assists in the win. Veronica Hine led the way with 21 digs while Makenna Martin led the Bears with 30 assists.

The Pride would score eight straight points early in the first game to take a commanding 8-1 lead. The Pride maintained that seven point lead 17-10 before scoring eight of the last 10 points to win the opener 25-12. Coast Guard was hurt by five service errors in the opening game.

The Bears would get off the deck and respond in the second game. Coast Guard jumped out to an 8-2 lead and pushed the lead to 16-7. The Pride would cut the deficit to 18-12 before the Bears scored three straight for a 21-12 lead and evened the match with a 25-17 win. Coast Guard would hit .351 in winning the game.

In the third game, the Bears scored the first four before the Pride responded with eight straight for an 8-4 lead. Coast Guard would later score four straight to tie it 11-11. Springfield ran off six of the next seven points for a 17-12 lead.  The Bears scored four straight to make the score 20-18 and the Pride held on 25-22.

Coast Guard took a 6-2 lead in the fourth game and pushed the lead to 13-7. The Bears leading 17-12 would take control scoring seven of the next eight points for a 24-13 lead en route to the 25-14 win as they hit .378 in the game.

In the fifth game, the Bears would use a 6-2 run to open up an 8-4 advantage, Dake would have three kills in the spurt. The Pride would score five of the next six to pull even 9-9. Coast Guard would score four of the next five points the final two by Dake for a 14-10 lead and yet another Dake will would give the Bears the 15-11 win.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday in a tri-match at Babson. The Bears will play the host Beavers in a NEWMAC match at noon before taking on Vassar at 2:00.