NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Ashley Dumont had ten kills while sophomore Susan West added eight kills leading Coast Guard, ranked 7th in New England to a 3-0 win (25-18, 25-18, 25-19) over WPI in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
The Bears have won five straight to improve to 10-2 overall while remaining tied for first in the conference with a perfect 4-0 record. Coast Guard beat WPI for the 17th straight time in the series.
West hit .538 with the eight kills and just one error while freshman Michelle Hernandez led the way with ten digs. Junior Maggie Hine 24 assists to lead the Bears.
The Bears ran off nine straight points in the first set turning at 13-9 lead into a 22-9 advantage before winning 25-18.
In the second set, Coast Guard jumped out to a 4-0 lead before WPI took the lead 8-7. WPI led 11-10 before the Bears ran off four straight taking the lead for good 14-11. Coast Guard leading 19-16 would score four of the next five points before again winning 25-18.
WPI led 14-13 in the third set before the Bears scored eight of the next ten points for a 21-16 lead and closed out the match with a 25-19 win.
Freshman Melissa Daigle led WPI (8-7, 0-4) with ten kills to go with five digs while freshman Brooke Kleeper hit .438 with eight kills and just one error for the Engineers. Sophomore Shay Feeley had a match-high 25 assists in the loss.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow night against Richard Stockton and NYU at the Stevens Invitational in Hoboken, New Jersey.
POST GAME INTERVIEW WITH HEAD COACH AYLENE ILKSON