NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Bridget Boyle hit .333 and had a match-high 13 kills to go with seven digs and three aces leading Coast Guard to a 3-1 win over WPI in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match.
Coast Guard won by scores of 25-9, 25-14, 21-25, 25-18 and improved to 12-6 overall and 4-3 in the conference while WPI dropped to 6-11 overall and 1-6 in NEWMAC action.
Sophomore Alexi Deane added 11 kills while senior Madison Scott finished with eight kills and a match-high five blocks in the win. Sophomore Angelou Dunton tied her career-high with seven aces to go with seven kills and a match-high 16 digs for the Bears. Sophomore Makenna Martin had a match-high 29 assists for Coast Guard.
Freshman Sarah Kwatinetz led the Engineers with eight kills while classmates Amanda Wetmore and Kate Amrein each added five kills for WPI. Junior Victoria Nassar led the team with 14 digs while junior Azita Bakhtyari led the Engineers with 24 assists go to with eight digs.
In the opening set, Dunton served five straight aces to begin an 8-0 run as Coast Guard turned an 8-6 lead into a 16-6 advantage. The Bears would run off five straight later pushing the lead to 22-8 en route to the 25-9 win. Coast Guard hit .459 in the opening set with Deane leading the way with five kills.
Coast Guard jumped out to 9-1 lead in the second set before WPI would answer later with six straight to close to within 11-8, but the Bears would score three straight pushing the lead to 14-8. Coast Guard leading 16-11 would take control with seven straight points for a 23-11 lead as senior Scott had three kills in the run for the Bears, who would win 25-14.
The third set was back-and-forth the entire time and Coast Guard led 20-18 before WPI scored seven of the final eight points for the 25-21 win.
Coast Guard would score the first seven points of the fourth set and led 13-6 before the Engineers scored four straight making it 13-10. WPI would score three straight to make the score 18-15, but the Bears use a 7-3 spurt to close out the match with a 25-18 win.
The Bears are off this weekend and back in action on Oct. 10th when they host Wellesley in a NEWMAC game at 7:00.