DANBURY, Conn. –(WCSU Athletic Communications) The Connecticut College volleyball team won the battle at the net to defeat Western Connecticut State University 3-1 in non-conference action Tuesday evening at Feldman Arena.
For the match, Connecticut College held a 46-34 advantage over Western in kills, and also had a 7-2 edge in blocks, a departure from Western's usual strong play at the net.
For Connecticut College, junior Andrea Mullaney (New Canaan, Conn.) had 16 kills, followed by sophomore Alex McDevitt (Medfield, Mass.) with 11 kills. Freshman Katia Elisman (Lake Forest, Ill.) and sophomore Emily Arterbury (Austin, Texas) ended with 24 and 22 assists, respectively for the Camels, while sophomore Chloe Ainley (San Jose, Calif.) led the defense with 20 digs.
Sophomore Karissa Smith (Bristol, Conn.) led Western with 11 kills and also had a match-high 23 digs on defense. Sophomore Danielle Kaminsky (Southington, Conn.) handed out 30 assists for the Colonials.
In the first and third sets, Connecticut College won by identical 25-14 scores, taking control early in both sets and never allowing Western to build any substantial momentum.
In the second set, Western ran out to an early lead, but Connecticut College fought back to narrow the margin down the stretch. With a slim 24-23 lead, Western closed out the game on a Camel hitting error for a 25-23 win.
In the fourth and final set, Connecticut College took an early 3-0 lead, but neither team managed to gain the momentum as the score remained tight throughout. Trailing 24-22, Western called a timeout and proceeded to win the next point, but a Mullaney kill gave the visitors match-point, a 25-23 win in the fourth set, and a 3-1 victory for the match.
With the loss, Western falls to 15-4 on the season, while Connecticut College improves to 5-7.