NEW LONDON, Conn.—Coast Guard, ranked sixth in New England, won a pair of matches to increase its win streak to five and run its home win streak to 17 straight with 3-0 wins over both Wheaton and Eastern Connecticut.
The Bears beat Wheaton 25-22, 28-26, 25-14 in the first match of the day as seniors Keriann Mason, Catherine Walker and Karen Matic each had nine kills to lead the way. Matic added a team-high 15 assists. Freshman Maggie Hine had four aces to lead the Bears while freshman Ashley Dumont had a three solo blocks in the win.
In the first set, Wheaton had a 12-7 lead early and the Lyons still led 18-15 before the Bears ran off five straight for a 20-18 edge. The set was tied 20-20 before the Bears scored five of the final seven for the 25-22 win.
Wheaton scored the first four points in the second set and led 6-1, but Coast Guard would score 16 of the next 21 points for a 17-11 lead. Wheaton rallied to close to within 19-18 and then had a pair of set points, but the Bears scored the final three for a 28-26 win.
The Lyons again got a quick start with a 4-0 lead in the third set before Coast Guard ten of the next 12 points for a 10-6 lead. The Bears never looked back using an 11-2 spurt later before winning 25-14.
Freshman Kendyl Jacobs led the Lyons with four kills to go with four blocks, classmate Robyn D'Agostino had seven digs and freshman Elisa Waelder had three aces and four blocks.
Coast Guard closed out the day with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-16 win over Eastern Connecticut as Walker and Matic led the way with seven kills each while Dumont had six kills and junior Kelsey DePorto five kills.
Matic had a team-high 11 assists while sophomore Elise Sako added three aces and seven digs.
In the other match of the day, Eastern Connecticut beat Wheaton 3-0 (25-10, 25-23, 25-23) as senior Katie Wilson led the way with 14 kills to go with eight digs and junior Sam Browning added 11 kills in the win. Junior Nicki Gasch added eight kills while sophomore Allie Henry led the Warriors with 24 assists in the win over Wheaton.
The Warriors (5-6) jumped out to a quick 7-3 lead in the opener and used a 6-1 run later to open up a 17-8 lead en route to the 25-10 win.
In the second set, Eastern led 23-16 before Wheaton scored seven of the next eight to pull to within 24-23 before losing 25-23. In the third set, Eastern led 15-9, Wheaton (3-8, 0-2) rallied to tie it 19-19 and held on for the 25-23 win.
Freshman Anastasia Tammen led the Lyons with 10 kills while classmate Page Gustofson had a team-high 16 assist in the loss.
Head Coach Eric Snyder's post game comments