PROVIDENCE, R.I.-Freshman Susan West registered 16 kills in as the Coast Guard volleyball won a pair on day one of the Johnson & Wales Invitational. Coast Guard (12-5) took a straight set victory over Plymouth State (9-7) in the opener before downing Regis (7-15) in straight sets in the nightcap.
CGA 3, Plymouth State 0
Coast Guard rolled to a 25-18 victory in the opening set before winning a pair of closely contested 25-21 sets to pick up a victory over Plymouth State in their opening match of the tournament.
Senior Kelsey DePorto totaled 12 kills coming on a staggering .524 hitting percentage to lead the Bears in both categories. In addition to DePorto, sophomore Maggie Hine played exceptionally as she just missed on a double-double totaling 34 assists and nine digs in the match.
Senior Samantha Marmolejo continued her good work as well, recording a team-high 20 digs for Coast Guard, who bounced back strong following a heart-breaking five set loss to Babson earlier in the week.
Freshmen Susan West and Rebekah Muller played very solid for the Bears, totaling nine and seven kills, respectively. West attacked at .353 while Muller was just off her pace, attacking at a solid .350 clip.
CGA 3, Regis 0
After a relatively close opening match, Coast Guard cruised to a straight set victory over Regis in their second match. The Bears breezed their way through the Pride with victories of 25-14, 25-19, and 25-16.
Sophomore Kelsey Hickle led Coast Guard with nine kills, attacking at .250 while a trio of Bears attacked at .350 or higher. West led the Bears with a .429 hitting percentage (7 kills), with Muller (.357/6 kills) and sophomore Ashley Dumont (.400/5 kills) both had strong efforts attacking.
Hine again led Coast Guard in assists with 31 with Marmolejo tallying a team-high 14 digs in the victory.
For the match Coast Guard, winners of six of their last eight, outhit Regis .307 to just .012 as they were able to get 11 different players into the match (all for multiple sets).
The performance was exactly what head coach Aylene Ilkson was looking for out of her squad, saying, "Tonight was a total team effort with every player seeing the floor. We executed well and are hoping to bring the same effort and energy into our two matches tomorrow."
The Bears return to action tomorrow with a double header in day two of the Johnson & Wales Invitational as they take on Emerson and a team to be announced. The first match against Emerson is scheduled to being at 12:00 pm.