NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Sam Hunter (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) registered 12 kills in consecutive games as the Connecticut College volleyball team picked up two victories on Friday at the Luce Field House. The Camels swept Worcester State to start the weekend on a high note before defeating Regis in four sets later in the evening.
Connecticut College 3, Worcester State 0 (27-25, 25-13, 25-14)
The Camels trailed for practically the entire opening set against Worcester State and had their backs against the wall while facing a 24-20 deficit. Senior setter Katia Elisman (Lake Forest, Ill.), however, took charge by setting up junior Jenny Kellogg (Los Altos, Calif.) for a pair of kills over the next three rallies and finding freshman Eliza Newlin (San Jose, Calif.) for two more points to give the hosts their first lead at 25-24. Senior Belinda Mullally (Garden Grove, Calif.) then smashed a kill, which was once again set up by Elisman, to give the Camels a 27-25 set win.
The wave of momentum carried over to the second frame, as the Camels rattled off 14 consecutive points with Elisman serving to establish control. The senior captain found Kellogg to end the frame by a 25-13 decision, and the team never trailed in the third set to complete the sweep.
Elisman filled the stat sheet by finishing with 27 assists to go along with seven digs and three kills, while Kellogg added eight kills and eight digs. Both players also tallied five aces apiece, and Hunter contributed her second double-double of the season with 12 kills and 11 digs.
Connecticut College 3, Regis 1 (25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 25-14)
Connecticut College started the nightcap against Regis strong by never trailing in the opening set. The Pride closed the gap to 18-16, but a smash by Hunter sparked a 7-1 Camel run the rest of the way which was capped by a Newlin kill. The teams then played a tight second set which was taken by the hosts when sophomore Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) set up freshman Katie Howley (Marshfield, Mass.) on set point, while senior Caroline Branigan (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) dropped consecutive aces down the stretch to help fuel the set victory.
After dropping the third frame, Connecticut College came out firing in the fourth and built up a 10-point cushion at 18-8. Howley eventually sealed the victory by finding an open spot for her seven kill of the contest.
The Camels dominated with its service game and finished with 18 aces over the four sets. McGee led the way with seven aces while also finishing with 25 assists, five digs and three kills. Hunter contributed 12 kills and nine digs to go along with five aces, and Hewlin notched 11 kills and hit at a .348 clip.
Connecticut College (3-0) will look to remain undefeated when it hosts Nichols at noon and Western Connecticut State at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.