SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – Senior Keriann Mason led Coast Guard with 11 kills but it was not enough as the Bears dropped its regular season finale to Springfield College, 3-0. With the loss, Coast Guard drops to 17-13 on the year and 6-3 in conference play and will be the fourth-seed in the NEWMAC Tournament. Springfield, winners of seven of their last eight games, improved to 26-6 on the year and 7-2 in NEWMAC play and secured the two-seed in next weeks tournament.
In the early goings of the first set, Coast Guard trailed by just one with the score at 4-5. The Pride then went on a 6-0 run behind the serve of junior Tessa Smolinski, pushing their lead to six en route to a 25-18 first set win.
The second set was all Springfield as they jumped out to a quick 11-1 lead. The Pride would keep a commanding lead the entire set, not allowing the Bears to closer than within eight points, winning the set 25-11.
In the third set, with the score tied at 9-9, Springfield went on to score seven of the next nine points giving them a 16-11 advantage en route to a 25-17 set and match win.
Freshman Daniella Crismani had ten kills to go with her 13 digs while Smolinski added 13 kills of her own. Sophomore Whitney Miller had a match high 38 assists while classmate Amy Entel had a match high 14 digs.
Coast Guard will be the fourth-seed in the NEWMAC Tournament and will play host to fifth-seed WPI on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00p. Coast Guard beat the Engineers 3-1 at home in their only meeting of the season.