WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Sophomore Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) and senior Katia Elisman (Lake Forest, Ill.) registered their first double-doubles of the season of the assist-dig variety, but it wasn't enough, as the Connecticut College volleyball team dropped a NESCAC contest to Williams by a 3-0 score on Saturday afternoon at Chandler Gymnasium. Set scores were 25-22, 26-24 and 25-18.
Connecticut College (6-2, NESCAC 0-2) started the match on a roll and led for nearly the entire first set. Junior Maddie Rust (Austin, Texas) and McGee teamed up for a block to make it 20-15 in favor of the Camels, but the Ephs stormed back by scoring eight of the next nine points. A ballhandling error put the hosts ahead for the first time at 22-21, and back-to-back kills by Mia Weinland and Tess Richman gave Williams a 25-22 set win.
With McGee serving, the Camels burst ahead by an 8-0 score in the second set. The Ephs, however, stormed back and were able to take their first lead at 13-12 on a Camel attacking error. Even though the visitors were able to regain the lead two more times, Williams recovered and most notably got a kill from Richman to break a 23-23 tie and earn the upper hand down the stretch. After a kill by freshman Emma Hewlin (San Jose, Calif.) kept the Camels alive, an attacking error on set point allowed the hosts to earn the two-point set win.
The momentum Williams gained by winning the second set carried over to the third, as the hosts built up an early 8-5 lead on an Erin Denham kill. Connecticut College didn't go down easy and built up a 10-8 lead on consecutive kills by freshman Katie Howley (Marshfield, Mass.), but the Ephs once again fought back. Natalie Albright finished a pass from Alex Newton to give her team a 15-14 edge, and the hosts never trailed the rest of the way.
Williams (3-4, NESCAC 1-1) was paced by Erin Denham and Newton. Denham recorded 14 kills, while Newton fell just shy of a double-double with 25 assists and nine digs. Newton was also among three Ephs to finish the game with three aces.
McGee notched her first double-double of the fall by finishing with 17 assists and 11 digs for Connecticut College, while Elisman matched the feat with 12 helpers and 10 digs. Freshmen Elle Kass (Los Gatos, Calif.) and Hewlin also put up double-digit numbers with 18 digs and 10 kills, respectively.
Connecticut College continues a stretch of playing six straight games away from the Luce Field House when it visits Wesleyan on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:00 p.m.