NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Emma Hewlin (San Jose, Calif.) eclipsed the double-digit kills mark for the sixth time this season and hit at a .533 clip to lead the Connecticut College volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep of Mitchell at the Luce Field House on Wednesday evening. The Camels won by set scores of 25-6, 25-18 and 26-24.
Sophomore Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) helped the Camels roll out to a 5-0 advantage by recording three aces and setting up junior Maddie Rust (Austin, Texas) for a kill over the first five rallies. Senior Sam Hunter (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) extended the margin to twin figures at 14-4 by adding an ace, and Hewlin got red hot down the stretch to finishing four passes from McGee to give the hosts a lopsided 25-6 win.
Mitchell (0-14), which was seeking its first victory this season, came out stronger in the second half and took a 10-6 lead on a Camel attacking error that forced the hosts to take a timeout. After the break, Connecticut College started firing from all cylinders and regained the lead at 13-11 by getting three aces in a row from Rust. The Mariners never threatened the rest of the frame, and Rust finished the set by smashing a kill on the final play.
Connecticut College jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third set, which was capped by a kill off the hand of sophomore Juliet Levesque (Milford, Conn.) during the early stretch, and appeared to be in control by going ahead by as many as eight as the frame progressed. The Mariners, however, recovered and gave the Camels a big scare by tying the score at 24-all on an attacking error to prolong the set even further. But despite nearly surrendering the lead, the hosts scored the next two points and ended the match on an ace by freshman McKaela Simons (Redmond, Wash.) to clinch the team's 10th win of the season.
Hewlin led the way for Connecticut College and registered a .533 hitting percentage by finishing with 10 kills and committing only two errors on 15 swings. Sophomore Dayna McCue (Franklin, Mass.) finished with a season-best 11 digs, while Simons set three career highs by contributing a team-leading 12 assists to go along with three digs and a service ace. Levesque also had a career evening by notching four kills.
Mitchell was paced by Myia Williams, who contributed 10 digs and five kills to go along with three assists in the setback. Megan Elphick had six assists and seven digs.
Connecticut College (10-6) travels to Maine this weekend for a pair of pivotal NESCAC contests in which playoff implications will also be on the line. The Camels will first face Bates on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m.