WATERVILLE, Maine – Senior Sam Hunter (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and freshman Emma Hewlin (San Jose, Calif.) tallied 11 kills apiece while combining to hit at a .432 clip to help lead the Connecticut College volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep of Colby on Saturday afternoon at Wadsworth Gymnasium. The Camels remained in the playoff race after winning by set scores of 25-14, 25-19 and 25-13.
Even though the Mules were able to jump out to a 6-2 lead in the opening frame, the Camels recovered by rattling off five straight and went ahead when Hunter finished a pass from freshman Elle Kass (Los Gatos, Calif.). Senior Belinda Mullally (Garden Grove, Calif.) then helped the visitors take control by registering three service aces over a span of four rallies. Junior Maddie Rust (Austin, Texas) extended the margin to nine at 19-10 by smashing a kill, and the visitors were eventually able to come away with the 11-point win.
The Camels recovered from another slow start in the second set by dominating the service game. Hunter notched consecutive aces to break a 5-5 tie, and two more aces by sophomore Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) gave the visitors a 16-10 cushion to work with. Caroline Branigan finished the set with a kill to keep her team in control.
In the third set, Hunter took over by recording a trio of kills for three of the team's first five points. Her third kill made it 5-4 and gave the Camels the lead for good, and the deficit ballooned up to twin figures when McGee dumped the ball to an open spot on the floor to make it 23-13. The Camels then clinched the win on a bad set by the Mules on match point.
In addition to Hunter and Hewlin, Connecticut College also got strong contributions from Rust and McGee. Rust notched seven kills and did not commit an error on 10 swings, while McGee finished the game with 35 assists to go along with eight digs and three service aces. Hunter also registered a team-leading four aces and added six digs.
Colby (3-13, NESCAC 0-8) was paced by Emily Moslener, who registered 14 assists along with four digs, in the losing effort. Nicole Petherbridge had five kills, and Kate Wincek finished with seven digs.
Connecticut College (11-7, NESCAC 2-6) returns home to face Coast Guard for its annual Green Dot game on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m.