NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior Catherine Walker had 17 kills while junior Kelsey DePorto added 16 kills leading Coast Guard, ranked sixth in New England, to a 3-1 win over Middlebury on the opening night of the Bear Classic at the United States Coast Guard Academy.
The Bears, who dropped the first set 25-19, won the next three 25-18, 25-21 and 25-19 to improve to 6-5 on the season and run their home winning streak to 19 dating back to the 2010 season. Middlebury drops to 5-3 on the year.
In the first set, with the scored tied 10-10, Coast Guard scored six of the next seven for a 16-11 lead, but the Panthers responded with six straight for a 17-16 lead. The teams battled back-and-forth until Middlebury scored the final two points for a 25-22 win.
Coast Guard responded in the second set by jumping out to a 5-0 lead and led 11-2 before the Panthers scored nine of the next 11 to cut the deficit to 13-11. Coast Guard held a 22-21 lead and scored the final three to even the match.
The Bears led from start to finish in third set jumping out to a 10-5 start and winning 25-17.
Coast Guard scored the first five points of the fourth set and Middlebury would get as close as 15-14, but leading 19-17, the Bears ran off three straight and won 25-19.
Junior Samantha Marmolejo led the Bears with 17 digs while senior Karen Matic added ten digs to go with her team-high 36 assists. Freshman Emily Gilland had a match-high four aces while DePorto led the way with four blocks.
Sophomore Piper Underbrink led the Panthers with 11 kills and four blocks while senior Julia Gibbs led the way with 15 digs and 34 assists. Senior Caitlin Barrett added 11 digs in the loss.
In the first match of the night, Senior Paige Horrigan had ten kills and three blocks while junior Emilie Baker had a team-high 19 digs leading DeSales to a 3-0 win over Lasell.
DeSales won by game scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-21 to improve to 7-9 on the season.
Lasell jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the opening set before DeSales scored six of the next seven to take a 7-4 lead. DeSales led 12-11 before a 5-2 spurt increased the lead to 17-13 en route to a 25-19 win.
In the second set, Lasell again led 3-1 before DeSales scored seven of the next nine points for an 8-5 lead. The set was tied 8-8 before the Bulldogs took the lead for good running off three straight points for an 11-8 advantage. The Lasers got as close as 14-13, but DeSales used an 8-2 to take a comfortable 22-15 lead before winning 25-18.
DeSales (7-9) led the final set from start to finish using a 10-2 spurt turning a 5-4 lead into a 15-6 advantage and closed out the match with a 25-21 win.
Sophomore Alexis Chappell lead Lasell (1-12) with 14 kills and 15 digs while freshman Jordan Seid also had 15 digs. Freshman Alyssa Nahigian led the Lasers with 29 assists.
The Bear Classic concludes tomorrow with four matches. Middlebury will play DeSales at 10 a.m., Coast Guard takes on DeSales at noon, Middlebury battles Lasell at 2 p.m. and Coast Guard will play Lasell at 4 p.m. in the final match of the day.
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