Bears Shake Off Slow Start to Beat Emerson

Senior Ashley Dumont
Senior Ashley Dumont

BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore Susan West and junior Ashley Dumont each had 12 kills and five blocks leading Coast Guard to a key come-from-behind 3-1 win over Emerson in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match.

The Bears lost the opening set 25-21 before running off three straight 27-25, 25-11, 28-26.

Coast Guard, winners of eight of their last nine, improve to 18-8 overall and 6-2 in conference play while Emerson drops to 15-14 overall and 4-4 in the NEWMAC.

"We really rallied hard after the first set to come back as a team and fight," said Coast Guard head coach Aylene Ilkson. "This was a nice way to start the final push of the NEWMAC regular season and I hope we can use the energy and perserverance we had tongiht moving foward."

Freshmen Summer Adams and Emma Saunders each added nine kills while freshman Michelle Hernandez led the way with 27 digs and 27 assists for the Bears. Freshman Michelle McGill added 23 digs while junior Maggie Hine had 22 assists in the win. Junior Emily Gilland finished with a season-high 12 digs.

Coast Guard led 8-6 in the opening game before Emerson scored four straight to take the lead for good 10-8. The Lions led 12-10 before scoring six of the next seven for its largest lead of the game 18-11. The Bears would cut the deficit back to just two at 22-20, but Emerson scored three of the final four points for the 25-21 win.

Emerson appeared it would make quick work of Coast Guard on this night as they jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the second game and led 11-4.Coast Guard however would not go quietly as they scored three straight to cut the deficit to 11-8.

The Bears would take their first lead of the game by scoring four straight to erase an 18-17 deficit to take a 20-18 lead. Emerson would tie it 21-21 before the Bears took a 23-21 lead. Coast Guard has game point at 24-23, but they could not close it out until with the score tied 25-25 Dumont recorded back-to-back kills for a 27-25 win to even the match at one game apiece.

The Bears used the momentum jumping out a 12-3 lead in the third game as they scored seven straight points behind the serving of freshman Summer Adams and cruised to a 25-11 win as Adams would also serve the final three points for Coast Guard.

Emerson scored four straight to open up its largest lead of the fourth game 20-15 before the Bears would scored seven consecutive points with McGill serving for a 22-20 edge. Both teams had match points, but couldn't close it out until a Saunders kill and an Emerson attack error gave the Bears a 28-26 win and the 3-1 win.

Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday morning when travel to Roger Williams for a match at 10 a.m.

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