Bears Win on Senior Night; Secure Home Tourney Game
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Junior Kelsey DePorto had a team-high 14 digs while senior Keriann Mason had 13 kills and 18 digs as Coast Guard secured a home game in the round of next week's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament with a 3-1 win over Babson on Senior Night, the final regular season home game for the season.
Babson won the first set 25-23 before Coast Guard won 25-21, 25-13, 25-23 to secure its 25th straight home win dating back to 2010.
Coast Guard improves to 17-12 overall and 6-2 in conference play. Babson drops to 20-7 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
The Beavers led 16-10 and 22-19 in the opening set before the Bears rallied for four straight to take a 23-22 lead, but Babson scored the final three points for the 25-23 victory in the opening set.
In the second set, Babson led 10-9 before the Bears used a 7-1 run for a 16-11 lead. The Beavers would get as close as 22-19 before falling 25-21.
In the third set, Coast Guard jumped out to a 9-2 lead and cruised to a 25-13 win.
Babson held a 21-19 lead in the fourth set before four straight Coast Guard points gave the Bears the lead for good at 23-21 en route to the 25-23 win.
Junior Samantha Marmolejo had 18 digs while sophomore Elise Sako added 12 digs in the win. Senior Catherine Walker led the Bears with five blocks to go with her nine kills. Senior Karen Matic had a team-high 35 assists while freshman Emily Gilland had a match-high five aces in the win.
Freshman Alicia Wilde led Babson with 15 kills while classmate Mary Donahue added 13 kills. Sophomore Kseniya Stepanova led the Beavers with a match-high 25 digs while senior Kathleen Lynch had a match-high 44 assists. Freshman Elizabeth Sullivan added 17 digs for Babson.
Coast Guard will close out the regular season with at Springfield on Saturday at 1 p.m. and then open play in the NEWMAC tournament.
Post-game comments from Head Coach Eric Snyder