NORTON, Mass.—Taylor Matook had a team-high 14 kills and Kendall Jacobs added 13 kills as Wheaton snapped Coast Guard's eight match winning streak with a 3-1 win over the Bears in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match.
Senior Samantha Marmolejo became the Bears all-time digs leader as she registered a match high 17 digs to finish the night with 1,650 career digs passing the old mark of 1,649 held by Jessica Anderson (2007-'10)
The Lyons (13-10, 4-3) won by game scores of 35-33, 12-25, 25-16, 25-23 as Coast Guard dropped to 18-6 overall and 4-3 in the conference.
Freshman Susan West led Coast Guard with 15 kills and four blocks while classmate Rebekah Muller added 13 kills in the loss. Freshman Michaela McKeown added 16 digs.
Set one went back-and-forth featuring 13 ties and seven lead changes before the Lyons finally clinched a 35-33 victory with back-to-back kills by Matook and sophomore Arieanne Creighhton. Tied 25-25, Wheaton fended off three separate deficits in large part to ten combined kills from Jacobs and Creighton. As a team, the Blue and White powered home 20 kills on 60 attempts (.217 hitting percentage), 23 digs, three service aces and four total blocks.
Coast Guard bounced back in the second set utilizing a .409 hitting percentage, while capitalizing on a match-high nine attack errors by Wheaton. Muller notched three putaways and West had three to spearhead the Bears' offense.
The Lyons answered with a .400 hitting percentage – their highest output on the night – in set three receiving 19 kills combined from seven different student-athletes on the court. Jacobs and Tebbetts fueled the offense this time around as Jacobs turned in five kills and Tebbetts registered four putaways.
In set four, Coast Guard rallied from a 24-21 deficit late in the contest on a Wheaton attacking error and a service ace by McKeown to make it 24-23, but Jacobs ended any threat of a continued session with her 13th and final kill of the night for the victory.
"It was a challenging night for us as we worked in a new lineup," said Coast Guard head coach Aylene Ilkson. "Susan West, Rebekah Muller and Ashley Dumont all played well as we battled a talented Wheaton team."
Coast Guard will have the rest of the week off and the Bears are not back in action until Oct. 22nd when they host Emerson at 7 p.m.