NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Connecticut College volleyball team secured a 3-0 victory against visiting Williams College in a NESCAC Semifinal match up played at Luce Field House Saturday. The set scores were 25-21, 25-19 and 25-16 in favor of the hosts, who advance to the NESCAC Championship game for the first time.
The top seeded Camels improve their record to 24-2 and extend their winning streak to 14 games. They will meet second seeded Middlebury for a noon-time match up tomorrow in New London.
The fifth seeded Ephs, who defeated Connecticut College 3-1 back on September 14, fall to 15-12 with the setback.
Once again, the Connecticut College senior trio comprised of Rachel Schroff (Palos Verdes, Calif.), Katie Ketcham (San Francisco, Calif.) and Carly Guiducci (Del Mar, Calif.) pulled through for the hosts in crunch time.
Schroff buried 13 kills to go with nine digs while Ketcham finished with 37 assists, seven digs, five aces and three kills. Guiducci exploded with a match-high 25 digs to lead the defense.
Rookie outside hitter Caroline Martin (Palo Alto, Calif.) registered 11 kills to go with five digs.
Williams College junior Emily Doll (Villa Park, Calif.) had 14 digs, seven kills, six assists and four blocks to lead the Ephs. Claire Miller (Wilmette, Ill.) chipped in with six kills and six digs. First year setter Ryan Farley (La Jolla, Calif.) dished out 29 assists and added 10 digs for a double-double.
Winners of eight of their past nine outings, the surging Panthers of Middlebury College (21-6) will be seeking their fourth NESCAC Crown when they face the top seeded Camels tomorrow afternoon.
The Camels and Panthers met back on September 15 in New London. In a five-set battle, Connecticut College held off the visitors by taking a 15-13 decision in the fifth set.