NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College volleyball team remained undefeated by earning a pair of victories in straight sets over Nichols and Western Connecticut State on Saturday afternoon at the Luce Field House. The Camels defeated the Bison by scores of 25-22, 25-5 and 25-17 before earning 25-20, 25-22 and 25-19 set wins against the Colonials.
With the victories, Connecticut College is off to a perfect 5-0 start for the first time since the 2012 season when the program advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Connecticut College 3, Nichols 0 (25-22, 25-5, 25-17)
After holding off Nichols in the first set, the Camels rattled off 10 unanswered points and 22 of the first 23 in the second frame to establish control of the match. Senior captain Katia Elisman (Lake Forest, Ill.) recorded three service aces and five assists to lead the way for the hosts during the hot stretch to set the tone for the duration of the match.
Elisman finished with 22 assists to go along with four digs and three aces to lead the way for the Camels. Senior Sam Hunter (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) hit at a .414 clip by registering 15 kills and committing only three errors on 29 swings. Belinda Mullally (Garden Grove, Calif.), another senior, and freshman Katie Howley (Marshfield, Mass.) finished with double-digit digs by providing 13 and 10, respectively.
Connecticut College 3, Western Connecticut State 0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-19)
Connecticut College concluded an undefeated week by rallying from behind in all three sets against Western Connecticut State. Freshman Emma Hewlin (San Jose, Calif.) had a breakthrough performance by registering a .450 hitting percentage, 12 kills and six digs.
Other notable contributors for the Camels included junior Jenny Kellogg (Los Altos, Calif.) and sophomore Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.). Kellogg was strong in all aspects of the game by notching eight kills, 18 digs and two blocks, while McGee ended the game with 10 assists and six digs.
Connecticut College (5-0) concludes a six-game homestand to start its 2017 campaign when it hosts Salve Regina on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7:00 p.m.