Bears Late Rally Falls Short; Settle for Split
HOBOKEN, N.J.—Coast Guard's late rally against host Stevens Institute of Technology fell short and the Bears split a pair of matches at the Ducks Invitational with a 3-0 win over NYU-Poly before falling to host Stevens in a 3-2 thriller.
Coast Guard beat NYU-Poly 25-14, 25-21, 25-19 before Stevens held off a rally and beat the Bears 25-23, 25-12, 24-26, 9-25, 15-13.
The Bears are now 9-7 overall and will play Elmira at noon and Richard Stockton at 2 p.m. tomorrow on the final day of the Ducks Invitational.
The Ducks led 6-2 in the first set and led 11-9 before Coast Guard ran off five straight with Elise Sako serving four of the points for a 14-11 lead. The Bears looked like they would win the opening set leading 23-21 before the Ducks ran off four straight for the 25-23 win.
Stevens stayed hot in the second scoring the first six points and led 14-3 cruising to a 25-12 win.
The third set was back-and-forth with neither team leading by more than two points until with the score tied for the 11th time in the set at 15-15, the Ducks scored four straight for a 19-15 advantage. Trailing 21-18, the Bears ran off five straight behind the serving of Sako again to take a 23-21 lead. Stevens fought off a set point and tied it 24-24 before senior Karen Matic had a kill and service as Coast Guard won the set 26-24.
Coast Guard maintained the momentum in the fourth set racing to a 7-1 lead and extended the lead to 16-4 as Matic served seven straight points for the Bears and won 25-9 to even the match at 2-2.
In the fifth and deciding set, Stevens had a 9-5 led before the Bears scored five straight for its first lead of the set at 10-9. The score was tied at 10, 11, 12, and 13 before the Ducks scored the final two to hold off the Bears and win the match.
Mason had a huge match as she finished with 21 kills and 14 digs while junior Kelsey DePorto added ten kills. Junior Samantha Marmolejo led the Bears with 27 digs while Matic had a team-high 35 assists to go with her nine digs.
Sako and freshman Emily Gilland each added 11 digs while freshman Ashley Dumont led the way with four blocks in the loss to Stevens.