Beverley, Mass. – Coast Guard split two non-conference matches this afternoon beating host Endicott College (3-1) and dropping one to Connecticut College (3-0). The Bears now stand at 16-12 on the season.
In the first match of the day, Senior Keriann Mason and junior Kelsey DePorto both had 16 kills to lead the Bears to a 3-1 victory over Endicott College. After dropping the first set 13-25, Coast Guard stormed back and won the next three consecutive sets 25-19, 25-14, and 27-25.
With Endicott leading 11-10 in the first set, the Gulls scored five straight and 14 of the next 17 points to close out a 25-13 first set victory.
Endicott carried that momentum over to the beginning of the second set, jumping out to a quick 5-0 lead behind the serve of junior Carly Beers. The Bears battled back and scored eight of the next 11 points to tie up the set at 8-8. The set was tied three separate times until DePorto had back-to-back kills to give Coast Guard a 14-13 lead, one they would not relinquish. The Bears finished the set on a 6-2 run en route to a 25-19 set win.
In the third set, Coast Guard built up 10-5 lead before the Gulls went on a 4-2 run to cut the deficit to 3, 12-9. From there, it was all Bears as they closed out the third set on a 13-5 run for a 25-14 win.
The fourth and deciding set was a tightly knit affair as the Gulls and Bears would need extra points to settle the match. The set saw the score be tied four times with the latest being at 25-25. The Bears were able to gain an eight point advantage with the score at 15-7 before the Gulls came storming back to tie it at 19-19. From there, no team held more than a two point advantage until the end when Coast Guard won 27-25
DePorto added a team-high five blocks to her 16 kills while senior Karen Matic led all players with 48 assists. Junior Samantha Marmolejo led the Bears with 25 digs while sophomore Leigh Anne Brazier added eight kills and three blocks in the victory.
In second match, Connecticut College, ranked No. 2 in New England, swept the Bears in three straight sets.
With the scored tied 12-12 in the first set, the Camels exploded on a 13-1 run to close out a 25-13 set victory.
The second set was back-and-forth as the score was tied on eight separate occasions. With the scored notched at 19-19, Connecticut went on a 6-3 run including three straight to close out the second set, 25-22.
The third set was much of the same as the teams exchanged points until the Camels scored five out of the final six points en route to a 25-20 set win.
Again, DePorto led the Bears with 10 kills while Mason and senior Catherine Walker added eight and six, respectively. Marmolejo led with 13 digs while Matic added 20 assists.
Walker became the 9th player in program history to register 1,000 career kills as she finished the afternoon with 1,009 for her career.
With her 68 assists this weekend, senior Karen Matic surpassed Maile Norman (1999-2002) for second all-time in program history career assists with 3611. Norman finished her career with 3608. Current assistant coach, Christine Rostowfske holds the record with 4,421 assists.
Coast Guard returns to action on Tuesday, October 23rd as they host NEWMAC for Babson College (20-6) at 7:00p.