BABSON PARK, Mass. – Mary Donahue had a match-high 11 kills as she hit .400 with just one error leading Babson to a 3-0 win over Coast Guard in the battle of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference unbeatens.
Babson won by game scores of 25-14, 25-20, 25-17.
The Beavers improve to 15-5 overall and remain unbeaten and in first place at 6-0 in the NEWMAC while the Bears drop their fifth straight to dip to 10-7 overall and 4-1 in the conference play.
Babson beat Coast Guard 3-2 last year during the regular season for its first win over Coast Guard since 1993 before the Bears beat the Beavers 3-1 in the first round of the NEWMAC tournament.
In the opening set, Babson ran off five straight points to open up a 10-4 lead, led by as many as 12 at 22-10 and won 25-14.
The Bears scored four of the first five points in the second set before Babson responded with nine of the next 13 points to take the lead for good with a 10-8 edge. Coast Guard trailed 21-19 before the Beavers scored four of the final five points for the 25-20 win.
Babson jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the third and final set, but the Bears battled back to take their first lead of the set 8-7.
Coast Guard led 12-11 before Babson scored six straight to open up 17-12 lead en route to the 25-17 win.
Freshman Emma Saunders led the Bears with eight kills while junior Ashley Dumont finished with six kills. Freshman Michelle McGill led Coast Guard with 15 digs while junior Maggie Hine had ten digs and a team-high 16 assists in the loss.
"It was a hard game for us tonight," said Coast Guard head coach Aylene Ilkson. "Our defense did the best job they could keeping us in the match, but we just needed to put balls away and we didn't. I'm optimistic we can take the next two days to work hard and be as ready as possible for the Johnson & Wales Invitational."
Coast Guard is back in action on this weekend at the Johnson & Wales Invitational. The Bears will play Bridgewater State at 6 p.m. and Western Connecticut at 8 p.m. on Friday before battling Plymouth State at noon on Saturday and host Johnson & Wales at 2 p.m.