NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Sydney Carfagno had 23 kills and ten digs as Wellesley rallied from two sets down and beat Coast Guard 3-2 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Wellesley improves to 15-10 overall and 5-4 in the conference while the Bears drop to 18-10 overall and 6-3 in league play. The Blue won 22-25, 18-25, 25-16, 25-21, 15-12.
Senior Caitlin Laughlin added 16 kills while sophomore Brooke Fieldman had 12 kills and 12 digs in the win for the Blue. Sophomore Maddie Koh had a match-high 51 assists in the win.
Wellesley led 15-13 in the opening set before the Bears ran off seven of the next nine points for a 20-17 lead and won the opener 25-22.
The Bears jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set. Wellesley would get as close as one at 14-13, but Coast Guard would score eight of the next ten for a 22-15 edge before winning 25-18.
Wellesley scored seven straight points to erase an early deficit and take an 8-3 lead in the third set. The Blue led 9-6 and scored seven of the next nine points to extend their lead to 16-8 and stayed alive with a 25-16 win.
Coast Guard had a 15-14 lead in the fourth set before the Blue took the lead for good scoring four straight for an 18-15 lead. Wellesley led 19-18 and scored four straight pushing the lead to 23-18 and won 25-21 to force the fifth set.
The Bears led 9-8 in the fifth before Wellesley scored three straight for an 11-9 edge. Coast Guard answered with three straight of its own for a 12-11 lead, but the Blue would score the final four points to complete the comeback win.
"We played a tough Wellesley team tonight and unfortunately although we came out strong it just wasn't enough," said Coast Guard head coach Aylene Ilkson. "We had some great play out of Susan West and Ashley Dumont along with Michelle Hernandez, but we needed everybody and every piece to be working tonight, but that did not happen."
The Bears could have clinched a first round home game in the NEWMAC tournament with a win tonight, but now need to beat MIT on Saturday to lock up a home game while MIT can win a share of the NEWMAC regular season and the top spot in the tournament with a win over the Bears on Saturday.
Coast Guard will wrap up the regular season on Saturday when they play at MIT at 1 p.m.