NORTON, Mass. – Amanda Dake had match highs with 14 kills and 24 digs while Angelou Dunton became just the fourth player in Coast Guard history to record over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career as fifth-seeded Coast Guard beat fourth-seeded Wheaton 3-1 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic (NEWMAC) tournament quarterfinal.
Coast Guard, which lost at Wheaton 3-0 in the regular season finale on Saturday, dropped the first set 25-15 before winning 25-20, 25-22, 25-19 to improve to 20-9 while Wheaton finishes the season 19-12. It is the first 20 win season for the Bears since 2013 when the team finished 22-9.
The Bears advance to the NEWMAC tournament semifinals for the first time since 2014. The Bears will play at top-seeded Babson on Thursday night at 7:00.
Dunton would surpass the 1,000 dig mark in the win as she finished with eight kills and 17 digs to finish the night with 1,038 kills and 1,012 career digs.
Noelle Tursky had a team-high 20 assists while adding 11 kills and 13 digs for the Bears.
Coast Guard scored eight straight in the opening set erasing an early 5-1 deficit taking a 9-5 lead and led 12-11 before Wheaton ran off four straight to take the lead for good 15-12. The Lyons would score the final seven points for a 25-15 win.
The Bears jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the second and Wheaton would pull even at 18-18. Coast Guard would then score four straight for a 22-18 edge and win 25-20.
In the third set, Coast Guard would again start quickly with a 6-1 lead and later used a 9-2 run to open up an 18-7 lead. The Bears led 20-10 before Wheaton ran off four straight cutting the deficit to 20-14. The Bears led 23-16 and later Wheaton fought of a pair of set points before Coast Guard won 25-22.
Coast Guard never trailed in the fourth and led by as many as six 17-11 en route to the 25-19 win.