NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College volleyball team split its home matches against Roger Williams and Brandeis on Saturday afternoon at the Luce Field House. The Camels first fell to the Hawks in four sets before quickly regrouping to defeat the Judges by a 3-1 score.
Roger Williams 3, Connecticut College 1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 25-19)
Connecticut College evened the score with Roger Williams after dropping the first set, but the Hawks rallied from behind in the late stages of the third frame to establish control. The Hawks then built up a comfortable 17-10 lead in the fourth to eventually come away with the win.
Junior Katie Howley (Scituate, Mass.) and sophomore Avery Light (Sudbury, Mass.) each narrowly missed a double-double to lead the way for the Camels in the setback. Howley finished with nine kills and 10 digs, while Light added 10 kills and eight digs. Senior captain Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) dished out 35 assists, and sophomore Emma Roberts (Port Washington, N.Y.) racked up five additional aces after posting seven in the season opener last night.
Connecticut College 3, Brandeis 1 (13-25, 25-23, 26-24, 26-24)
After a sluggish start against Brandeis, the Camels recovered to win all of the next three sets to clinch the victory. The Judges appeared to be poised to extend the match to a fifth and deciding set by building up a 22-17 advantage in the fourth on a solo block by Emma Bartlett, but the hosts stormed back and embarked on a 9-2 run to close out.
With the team trailing 24-22 and needing to side out, McGee found Light for a kill to keep the Camels alive and then sophomore Bridget Fatse (Trumbull, Conn.) to create a 24-24 deadlock. Following a Brandeis timeout, Roberts added her fourth and final ace of the match to give the hosts the edge before freshman Katie Gunderman (Oakland, Calif.) ended it with a kill.
Gunderman registered a team-leading 13 kills, five blocks and added four aces like Roberts to pace Connecticut College in the win. Light provided 10 kills and seven digs, while McGee contributed 35 assists and junior Elle Kass (Los Gatos, Calif.) finished with 12 digs. Freshman Annie Wibbelsman (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) recorded a team-high six blocks in the contest.
Connecticut College (2-1) concludes a four-game homestand to begin the 2019 campaign when it hosts Salve Regina on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.