NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Avery Light (Sudbury, Mass.) and sophomore Emma Hewlin (Los Gatos, Calif.) combined for 17 kills to help lead the Connecticut College volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep of Mitchell at the Yarnall Athletic Center on Tuesday evening. The Camels won by set scores of 25-11, 25-12 and 27-25.
Beginning with a kill by senior Maddie Rust (Austin, Texas), the Camels rattled off five straight points and seven of the first eight to take control early. Eliza Wolcott (San Francisco, Calif.) smashed a kill to extend the lead to twin figures at 16-6, and the Camels broke loose to take a 23-9 advantage when Light finished a pass from junior Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.). A Mariner service error on set point eventually gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The Camels also got off to a fast start in the second set by scoring six of the first seven points. Sophomore McKaela Simons (Redmond, Wash.) found Hewlin for a kill to make it 21-11, and a Mariner attacking error allowed Connecticut College to come away with a 13-point win in the frame.
Mitchell (0-10) battled hard in the third set and found itself ahead by a 13-11 score at the midway point. The Mariners had the Camels on the ropes when Nikki Gerald recorded a service ace to put the hosts up by a 24-23 score, but Connecticut College responded by getting a kill from sophomore Katie Howley (Scituate, Mass.) to keep the match going. Back-to-back kills by freshmen Bridget Fatse (Trumbull, Conn.) and Emma Roberts (Port Washington, N.Y.) then gave the Camels a 27-25 set win as well as the sweep.
Light hit at an impressive .444 clip by recording a team-high nine kills on 18 swings and only committing one attacking error to lead the way for the Camels. Hewlin was nearly equally as impressive offensively, as she posted eight kills and only one error on 17 attacks to finish the game with a .412 hitting percentage. The sophomore also had three aces. McGee and sophomore Elle Kass (Los Gatos, Calif.) also recorded team bests with 20 assists and 11 digs, respectively.
Laurissa Amaker paced the Mariners with nine kills and seven digs. Shyla Phillips-Krick led all players with 13 digs, while Cameron Childs tied a match high with 20 assists.
Connecticut College (5-9) returns home to host Middlebury on Friday evening at 8 p.m.