NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College volleyball team secured a 3-0 victory (25-13, 25-15, 25-17) against Mitchell College on Monday night in non-conference action at the Yarnall Athletic Center.
Connecticut College hit .215 as a team and held a commanding 21-3 edge in service aces, with seven players chipping in with at least two. Quinlan Low (San Francisco, Calif/University) posted a match-high seven kills and added nine digs while Sam Hunter (Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes) and Maddie Rust (Austin, Texas/St. Stephen's Episcopal) each contributed six kills. Grace McGee (Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal School) played the final two sets and finished with 12 assists.
The Mariners hit .185 as a squad and posted six blocks. Janelle Rice (Meriden, Conn./O.H. Platt) led Mitchell with five kills and seven assists while Colby Zitoli (Walpole, Mass./Millis) recorded a team-high eight digs.
In the opening set, Connecticut College led 7-6 until a 7-0 run broke things open. Belinda Mullally (Garden Grove, Calif./Cornelia Connelly) and Rust each had a pair of kills during the spurt while Ella Johnson (Seal Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos) tacked on two aces. The Camels later padded the lead to as many as 12 following a pair of aces from Rust and snapped up a 1-0 advantage following a Mitchell service error.
Hunter served Connecticut College out to a big lead in the second set. The Camels were up 9-4 when she stepped to the line and handed out four straight aces, and by the time she was done the margin had expanded to 16-5. She also had four kills in the set, including the clincher that put the Camels up 2-0 in the match.
The third set was tight until Connecticut College pulled away midway through the stanza, winning 10 of 13 points to lead 22-13. The final points of the match came on a kill by Alex McDevitt (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) and block assists from Rust and Mullally.
Mullally led all players with five aces while Hunter and Rust added four apiece.
Camel Tracks (Not Including Monday's Action):
Connecticut College senior middle blocker Ella Johnson (Seal Beach, Calif.) galvanized the Camels in her return to the lineup in a key 3-1 victory against Amherst College Friday. Johnson buried 15 kills while adding three digs, a pair of aces and three solo blocks. She added six kills, three aces and two digs in a 3-1 loss to Williams Saturday. Johnson has registered a .333 hitting percentage to lead the NESCAC this season.
Junior setter Katia Elisman (Lake Forest, Ill.) has accounted for 412 assists to rank fourth in the NESCAC with 7.92 assists per set. Sophomore Jenny Kellogg (Los Altos, Calif.) is ranked 7th in the NESCAC with 2.72 kills per set for the Camels. Sam Hunter (Palos Verdes, Calif.) has contributed 3.21 digs per set to rank 12th in the conference. Belinda Mullally (Garden Grove, Calif.) and Elisman are ranked fifth and eighth in the conference with .51 and .46 aces per set.