NESCAC Quarterfinal: #4 Tufts University 3, Connecticut College 2 Ainley, Mcdevitt Bury 15 Kills Each for Camels

NESCAC Quarterfinal: #4 Tufts University 3, Connecticut College 2 Ainley, Mcdevitt Bury 15 Kills Each for Camels
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.--The Connecticut College volleyball team erased a 2-0 deficit but fell just short in the NESCAC Quarterfinal Round, dropping a 3-2 decision to Tufts University at Williams College Friday night.

The fourth seeded Jumbos notched their eighth consecutive win (20-7) and will advance to meet top seeded Williams tomorrow afternoon in a 1:00 p.m. Semifinal match up.  Second seeded Bowdoin will meet up with third seeded Amherst in the second Semifinal pairing at 3:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Josh Edmed, a young Camel squad rallied to win their final four matches of the season, posting a winning NESCAC record for the ninth consecutive year. 

The fifth seeded Camels (15-12) went down to Tufts in three sets back on the 28th of September.  Friday night, Tufts took the first sets from the Camels with a 25-21 win in set one followed by a 26-24 triumph in set two. But the Camels stormed back, outlasting the Jumbos for a 30-28 victory with their backs against the wall in set three and adding a 27-25 win in set four. However, the Jumbos were able to pull out the 15-8 victory in the decisive fifth set to advance.    

Junior Isabel Kuhel (Brisbane, Calif.) buried 17 kills to go along with eight digs and five blocks, hitting .538 in the match to lead the Jumbos. Hayley Hopper (Carlsbad, Calif.) posted a double-double with 13 kills, 17 digs and four blocks for Tufts. Sophomore setter Kyra Baum (Boca Raton, Fla.) dished out 41 assists for the winning side. 

First year standouts Chloe Ainley (San Jose, Calif.) and Alex Mcdevitt (Medfield, Mass.) buried 15 kills each to lead the Camels. Caroline Martin (Palo Alto, Calif.) buried 16 kills and had 19 digs en route to a double-double. Ella Johnson (Seal Beach, Calif.) reached double-figures with 10 kills for the Camels.

Sophomore libero Cailyn Straubel (Dallas, Texas) registered 19 digs in the hard fought battle. 

Emily Arterbury (Austin, Texas) dished out 47 assists to go with six digs for Connecticut College.