Bears Hold Off Roger Williams; Win One for Johann

Bears Hold Off Roger Williams; Win One for Johann

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior Keriann Mason had 20 kills and 21 digs leading Coast Guard to a thrilling 3-2 win, its 22nd straight home victory as the Bears beat Roger Williams 3-2 in a non-conference game on DIG PINK night.

Coast Guard won the first two sets 25-19 and 25-17 before the Hawks won 25-21 and 25-19 to force a fifth set which Coast Guard won 15-9.

DIG PINK is to honor those who have survived cancer, those who are currently fighting it and those who will experience it. The Bears wore special pink uniforms and dedicated the match to former Coast Guard volleyball player, Lieutenant Katie Johann Ryan ('03), who passed away on Sept. 22nd after her battle with cancer.

Johann was a first team All-New England selection and a three-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in volleyball leading the Bears to the 2002 ECAC Division III North Championship. She holds the single-season record with 632 kills and 85 aces both set in the 2002 season and is second all-time with 1,747 kills. Johann, was also a four-year member of the basketball team and played in 95 games, which is ninth all-time.

Coast Guard jumped out a 7-2 lead in the opening set and led 22-15 before the Hawks ran off four straight to pull to within 22-19. The Bears however scored the final three points for the 25-19 win.

In the second set, the Bears used an 8-2 spurt to open up a 13-7 lead and won 25-17

The Bears led 6-1 in the third set, but the Hawks ran off six of the next seven to tie it 7-7. The set was tied 18-18 before Roger Williams scored four straight for a 22-18 edge and held on for the 25-21 win.

Roger Williams led 7-3 in the fourth and Coast Guard would rally to tie it 16-16, but the Hawks then scored five straight for a 21-6 lead and won 25-19.

In the fifth and deciding set, the score was tied 7-7 when Coast Guard scored three straight for a 10-7 lead. The Bears later ran off four straight for a commanding 14-8 lead and won 15-9.

Senior Catherine Walker had 11 kills while junior Kelsey DePorto added nine kills and a match-high five blocks. Junior Samantha Marmolejo had 20 digs and three aces while freshman Emily Gilland added 17 digs and three aces. Senior Karen Matic had a match-high 44 assists.

Senior Abby Cunningham led Roger Williams with 12 kills while junior Krystie Luczynski added 11 kills. Senior Kelsey Twarog and freshman Elizabeth Flaherty each finished with nine kills. Senior Kelsee Loche led the Hawks with a match-high 33 digs while freshman Nicole Webster led the team with 30 assists.

Both teams are now 12-8 on the season.

Coast Guard is back in action when they host Salve Regina on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Coast Guard head coach Eric Snyder's Post Game Comments

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