New London, Conn. - After losing the first set, 25-18, the Connecticut College Camels took the next three to come away with a 3-1 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams on Saturday afternoon in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) volleyball action at Luce Field House in New London. Trinity falls to 6-6 overall and 0-4 in conference action while the Camels improve to 9-5 on the year and pick up their first NESCAC victory to improve to 1-4 in league play. Trinity returns to action on Friday at 8 p.m. for a match against Bowdoin on Dig Pink Night.
Sophomore Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.) led the Bantams with 11 kills while junior co-captain Rachel Underwood (Danville, Calif.) finished with 10. First-year Becky Chu (Old Tappan, N.J.) paced Trinity with 34 assists while senior Grace Metry (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and rookie Ali Odermann (Lenexa, Kan.) each had 12 digs and sophomore Wyllie Boughton (Andover, Mass.) had a team-high three aces. Sam Hunter (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) led Connecticut College's offense with 13 kills while Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) had a game-high 37 assists and Elle Kass (Los Gatos, Calif.) tallied 22 digs.
Both teams battled in the first set with Trinity jumping out to a 14-13 lead. The Bantams ripped off four-straight points to take an 18-13 lead before a 5-0 run after a Camel point made it 23-14. Kills by senior co-captain Claudia Varner (Port Washington, N.Y.) and Scheffers capped off the set victory for Trinity who took a 1-0 lead after one.
Connecticut College took the second set, 25-19, thanks to a strong finish after going down 12-10 early. The Camels ripped off a 5-0 run thanks to three aces by McGee, a kill by Hunter and a kill by Caroline Branigan (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) to open up a 15-12 advantage. A quick run from Trinity tied things at 16-16 before both sides traded points to make it 19-19. The Camels finished the set on a 6-0 run to cap off the 25-19 victory and tie the overall match at 1-1.
The Camels trailed for most of the third set before a 7-0 run provided the spark it needed to seize the momentum. With the hosts trailing by a 16-13 score, McGee found junior Maddie Rust (Austin, Texas) for a pair of kills and also provided back-to-back aces during the stretch to push the Camels ahead for good before clinching the four-point win on a Bantam service error.
The hosts trailed just once throughout the fourth and final frame. After a service ace by Chu gave Trinity an 8-7 edge, the Camels came out of a timeout with McGee and Rust connecting multiple times to help push the team ahead. Connecticut College rookie Emma Hewlin (San Jose, Calif.) and McGee blocked an attack by Underwood to give their team its largest lead at 20-12 before they ultimately won the set, 25-21.