NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Freshman Emma Hewlin (San Jose, Calif.) smashed a combined 32 kills as the Connecticut College volleyball team picked up two victories by sweeping Southern Maine and host UMass Dartmouth in straight sets on Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Center.
Connecticut College 3, Southern Maine 0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-14)
After erasing a 23-19 deficit to win the opening set, Connecticut College blitzed past Southern Maine in the second and third frames to win its opening match of the day.
Hewlin hit at a .600 clip by notching 17 kills and committing just two errors on 25 swings, while sophomore Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) and freshman Elle Kass (Los Gatos, Calif.) also put up double-digit numbers with 35 assists and 11 digs, respectively.
Connecticut College 3, UMass Dartmouth 0 (25-9, 25-20, 25-10)
The Camels ended the day on a high note and were rarely challenged by the host Corsairs later in the afternoon. Although they faced an early 4-2 deficit in the opening set, Connecticut College answered with a 15-1 run to seize control. Following a closer second set, the Camels clinched the match by recording the last 10 points of the final frame.
Hewlin stayed red hot and notched a .556 hitting percentage by registering 15 kills and not committing an error on 27 attacks. Senior Sam Hunter (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) fell just shy of a double-double by contributing eight kills and a team-leading 12 digs, while senior setter Katia Elisman (Lake Forest, Ill.) and McGee combined for 35 assists.
Connecticut College (13-8) returns to action when it hosts Tufts on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:00 p.m.