NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College volleyball team split its opening home matches against Salve Regina and SUNY Oneonta on Friday evening at the Luce Field House. The Camels first fell to the Seahawks in five sets before sweeping the Red Dragons to end the day on a high note.
Salve Regina 3, Connecticut College 2 (25-20, 25-19, 21-25, 15-25, 17-15)
Connecticut College got off to a hot start against Salve Regina, but the Seahawks rallied from two sets down and outlasted the Camels in a fifth and deciding set to pull out the win. The Camels climbed out of an 11-7 hole in the final frame and went ahead by a 15-14 score on a kill by freshman Avery Light (Sudbury, Mass.). However, the visitors rattled off three straight points by most notably getting a block and a kill from Nicole Karabaich on the final two plays.
Senior Maddie Rust (Austin, Texas) and Light finished with 13 kills apiece, while Rust finished with an impressive .444 hitting percentage by committing just one error on 27 swings. Light and sophomore Emma Hewlin (Los Gatos, Calif.) each tallied six blocks.
Connecticut College 3, SUNY Oneonta 0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-16)
The Camels rebounded later in the evening by starting fast again against the Red Dragons and hardly ever trailing through the first two sets. SUNY Oneonta then burst out to a 7-2 advantage in the third set, but the hosts stormed back by embarking on a 12-0 run. With junior Dayna McCue (Franklin, Mass.) serving, Hewlin caught fire by contributing five kills and teaming up with junior Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) for a block during the stretch which put the team in full control.
Hewlin was nearly unstoppable with her arm, racking up 12 kills on 17 attacks and not committing an error. She boasted a .706 hitting percentage and also posted four blocks. McGee nearly registered a double-double with 25 assists and eight digs while also contributing three aces.
Connecticut College (2-1) closes out tournament play tomorrow when it hosts Maine Maritime at noon and Western Connecticut State at 2 p.m.