NEW LONDON, Conn.-- Coast Guard Academy opened up their home schedule with a 3-0 win this afternoon over Merchant Marine Academy in three sets 25-11, 25-18, and 25-13. Coast Guard (2-4) recorded its second straight win after beating Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday.
In the first set, Coast Guard scored in bunches as they had three separate runs of scoring at least five unanswered points, including a 6-0 run to close out the set for the 25-11 win.
The Bears carried over that momentum into the second and third sets as they did not trail for the rest of the match.
In the second set, Coast Guard led 7-6 before rattling off eight of the next ten points scored to push the lead to 15-8. Later in the set, the Mariners went on a run of their own, scoring five straight to cut the deficit to five, 20-15. Coast Guard bounced back and won the set 25-18.
The Bears jumped out to a quick 9-3 in the third set and rolled to a 25-13 win for the sweep.
Seniors Karen Matic and Catherine Walker along with junior Kelsey DePorto all tied for the team lead with eight kills each, while junior Sam Marmolejo led the team with eight digs while freshman Emily Gilland led the way with three aces.
Coast Guard opens up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday, September 11th as they host Worcester Polytechnic Institute at 7:00 p.m.
"It was great to finally have the opportunity to play in front of our home crowd and they definitely added to the excitement in the gym. The USCGA vs. USMMA game is a great rivalry and a match we look forward to every fall," said head coach Eric Snyder. "I give credit to a much improved Merchant Marine outside attack and a scrappy defensive effort. We were lucky to overcome some untimely serving errors with an impressive offensive day and received some great contributions from our bench. With that said, we still need to fine tune and improve upon a number of different facets but overall I was pleased with our teams effort. We will get back to work on Monday and be ready for our NEWMAC opener on Tuesday night against WPI."