NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Yasmine Reece hit .500 and had a match-high 14 kills as Wellesley remained unbeaten in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with a 3-0 win over host Coast Guard.
The Blue won by game scores of 25-21, 25-23, 25-15 to improve to 13-3 overall and 8-0 in the conference while the Bears drop to 12-7 overall and 4-4 in the NEWMAC.
Freshman Lauren Gedney added 13 kills while juniors Michelle Li and Samantha Hoang each had a match-high 11 digs to lead the Blue. Li had a match-best 30 assists for Wellesley while Reece and freshman Darina Postupaka had four blocks each in the win.
Sophomore Angelou Dunton led Coast Guard with seven kills and 10 digs while sophomore Alexi Deane finished with six kills. Sophomore Makenna Martin had 11 assists to lead the Bears.
The opening game was tight the whole way and the Blue led 20-19 before rolling off four straight en route to a 25-21 win. Reece led the way with six kills hitting .600 in the opening game.
Coast Guard built an 11-6 lead in the second game and the Bears led 14-8 before the Blue ran off five straight cutting the deficit to 14-13. The Bears would respond with six of the next seven points for a 20-14 advantage. Coast Guard appeared to be on its way to tying the match leading 23-19 before Wellesley scored the final six for the 25-23 win.
Wellesley rode the momentum that gained late in the second game into the third taking a 12-4 lead. The Bears would score four straight to make it 12-8, but the Blue five of the next six for a commanding 17-9 lead and closed out the match with a 25-15 win.
Coast Guard is back in action this weekend at the Ducks Classic at Stevens. The Bears play Montclair State before the host Ducks on Friday at 4:00 and 8:00.