NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior Keriann Mason match highs with 21 kills and 26 digs leading fourth-seeded Coast Guard to a 3-1 win over fifth-seeded WPI in the quarterfinals of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament.
The Bears dropped the first game 25-23 before winning 25-21, 25-18, 25-18.
Coast Guard went unbeaten at home (13-0) for the second straight season and won its school-record tying 26th consecutive home match dating back to the 2010 season.
The Bears, who advance to the semifinals for the 12th straight season, improve to 18-13 overall and will take on top-seed and host Wellesley on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the semifinals.
Wellesley beat the Bears twice this season 3-1 at Wellelsey on Sept. 18th and 3-0 at Bowdoin on Oct. 13th. The Blue also beat Coast Guard 3-1 in the NEWMAC tournament semifinals last season at Springfield.
In the opening game, WPI led 18-16 before Coast Guard scored four of the next five for a 20-19 lead. The Bears led 23-21 and appeared to be closing in on the opening game win before WPI scored the final four to win 25-23.
In the second game, Coast Guard scored four straight to take a 12-8 lead, WPI scored three straight to close to within 12-11, but the Bears answered with three straight for a a 15-11 edge and won 25-21.
WPI led 11-10 in the third game before Coast Guard scored four straight for a 14-11 advantage. The Bears led 19-16 and scored six of the next eight for the 25-18 win.
Coast Guard led 18-15 in the final game and took control with five straight points behind the serving of freshman Maggie Hine for a 23-15 lead before winning 25-18.
Junior Kelsey DePorto had 13 kills and a match-high four blocks while Hine had a match-high 42 assists in the win. Junior Samantha Marmolejo added 20 digs while senior Karen Matic had 14 digs to go with her six kills. Senior Catherine Walker added eight kills and three blocks in the win.
Senior Bailey Sarber had 13 kills while classmate Belinda Nwagbara added 12 kills for WPI, which has never appeared in the NEWMAC semifinals.
Senior Alyssa Fidanza led the Engineers with 30 assists and 17 digs while seniors Elyssa Dorenfeld and Lauren D'Angelo added 16 and 15 digs respectively. The Engineers finish the season with a record of 19-9.
Head Coach Eric Snyder's Post Game Comments
April 30, 2013 Aylene Ilkson Named Women's Volleyball Coach
March 11, 2013 Snyder Resigns as Volleyball Coach
November 19, 2012 Mason, Walker, Matic Honored by NEWVA
November 15, 2012 DePorto Named to NEWVA Honorable Mention Team
November 7, 2012 Brazier Named to NEWMAC All-Academic team
November 6, 2012 Trio of Bears Named to All-Conference Team
November 5, 2012 Anderson ('11) Wins Age Group in Ironman 70.3 Miami
November 3, 2012 Bears Fall in NEWMAC Semifinals
October 31, 2012 Bears Advance to 12th Straight NEWMAC Semifinals
October 27, 2012 Volleyball Falls to Springfield; Will be 4th Seed in NEWMAC Touney
October 23, 2012 Bears Win on Senior Night; Secure Home Tourney Game
October 22, 2012 Bears to Honor Three Seniors Tonight
October 20, 2012 Volleyball Splits a Pair on the Road
October 16, 2012 Bears Win 24th Straight Home Win
October 15, 2012 Volleyball team to Host Little Bear Night
October 13, 2012 Bears Drop Pair on the Road
October 12, 2012 Volleyball Suffers 3-1 Defeat to No. 25 Bowdoin
October 9, 2012 Bears Win Fourth Straight
October 8, 2012 Mason Named NEWMAC Player of the Week
October 6, 2012 Bears Sweep Salve Regina 3-0; Push Streak to 23
October 4, 2012 Bears Hold Off Roger Williams; Win One for Johann
October 2, 2012 Bears to Host DIG PINK Game; Honor Johann
October 2, 2012 Q & A With Two-Sport Athlete Catherine Walker
October 2, 2012 Bears Run Home Win Streak to 21
September 29, 2012 Bears Split at Ducks Invitational
September 28, 2012 Bears Late Rally Falls Short; Settle for Split
September 25, 2012 Bears Fall 3-1 at MIT
September 22, 2012 Volleyball goes undefeated in Bear Classic
September 21, 2012 Volleyball Wins Bear Classic Opener
September 18, 2012 Volleyball Falls at Wellesley
September 15, 2012 Volleyball Runs Home Win Streak to 17
September 11, 2012 Volleyball sinks WPI 3-1
September 8, 2012 Volleyball Rolls Past Merchant Marine
September 5, 2012 Volleyball Wins First Match of Season at Colby Sawyer
September 1, 2012 Volleyball Drops Two at Elmhurst Invitational
August 31, 2012 Volleyball Falls to Pair of Ranked Teams on Opening Night
August 29, 2012 2012 Volleyball Season Preview
August 17, 2012 Bears Receive Votes in AVCA Preseason Top 25 Poll