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Volleyball Drops NESCAC Match to Williams

Avery Light

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College volleyball team fell to Williams by a 3-0 decision on Saturday afternoon at the Luce Field House. Set scores were 25-19, 25-20 and 25-19.

Williams (5-2, NESCAC 1-1) burst out to a 7-1 advantage in the opening set to prompt a quick Camel timeout. The hosts recovered and tied the match at 8s on a service ace by junior Dayna McCue (Franklin, Mass.), but Tess Richman responded with a kill and the Ephs stayed ahead the rest of the way. An Alex Newton kill gave the visitors a six-point win.

The second set was the most competitive, as the teams exchanged four leads and were deadlocked with each other eight times. Neither side led by more than two until senior Maddie Rust (Austin, Texas) put away a pass from junior Grace McGee (Portland, Maine), and a kill by freshman Avery Light (Sudbury, Mass.) gave the hosts an 18-15 edge heading towards the home stretch. Williams, however, rattled off five straight to seize control and never looked back. Erin Denham and Newton connected to provide the final two points and give the visitors another set victory.

Despite facing a 2-0 deficit, the Camels did not go down without a fight and led for nearly the entire third set. But after McGee found sophomore Emma Hewlin (Los Gatos, Calif.) and Rust for kills to make it 12-8 and 16-12, respectively, the Ephs stormed back and tied the match at 16 on an ace by Lydia Kurtz. The Camels pulled ahead again on a McGee dump that landed for a point to keep the hosts ahead, but the Ephs would not go away and took their first lead of the set at 20-19 on a Camel ballhandling error. Williams ended up scoring the final eight points of the set, which was capped by a pair of Camel attacking miscues, to win its first NESCAC match of the season.

McGee nearly registered a double-double for Connecticut College by recording 28 assists and nine digs. She also added three kills. Freshman Eliza Wolcott (San Francisco, Calif.) provided seven kills and four digs, while Light finished with a team-leading eight kills.

Newton led Williams by falling just shy of a double-double with 31 assists and nine digs. Denham and Mia Weinland reached double-digit kills with 13 and 10, respectively, and Olivia Hindy was solid at the net by adding five blocks, including three solo, to go along with four kills.

Connecticut College (4-4, NESCAC 1-1) will next host Wesleyan on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.