NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Jenny Kellogg (Los Altos, Calif.) registered a double-double and classmate Maddie Rust (Austin, Texas) added 12 kills to help lead the Connecticut College volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Colby on their Senior Day at the Charles B. Luce Field House. The Camels won by set scores of 25-18, 22-25, 28-26, and 25-13.
Connecticut College, which recognized its senior captains during a ceremony prior to the match, never trailed in the opening set and forced the Mules to burn two quick timeouts with leads of 7-3 and 13-4. The Mules only hit .023 and fell behind by twin figures at 21-11 when Simone Sears committed one of the team's nine attacking errors in the frame. Camel sophomore Emma Hewlin (Los Altos, Calif.) smashed a kill to make it 24-17, and the hosts won the set by seven points on another Mule misfire.
Colby (5-12, NESCAC 0-8) came out stronger in the second set and built up a 5-2 advantage on an Erin Maldman service ace. The Camels took the lead when Kellogg finished a pass from junior Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) to create a 9-8 score and stayed ahead for a good portion of the frame, but Colby fought back and went ahead for good courtesy of a block by Paige Hanssen which out the visitors up by a 17-16 margin at the time. Hanssen added two more kills down the stretch, and Nicole Petherbridge recorded an ace on set point to even the score.
Even though the Mules broke out to an 8-4 advantage in the third set, the Camels were able to bounce back and reestablish the upper hand by slowly chipping away at the deficit. Rust most notably smashed a kill to break an 18-18 tie and give the Camels their first lead since it was 4-3 earlier in the set before the team was able to extend it and win by two. With the Mules ahead 24-23, Petherbridge committed a service error and Hewlin followed with a kill to prompt a timeout. The score was later deadlocked at 26s, but McGee came through by setting up Rust for a kill and then landing an ace to give her team a 28-26 victory and the momentum moving forward.
Connecticut College cruised in the fourth set, as the Mules hit at a -.077 clip by recording just seven kills on 39 swings and committing 10 errors. Freshman Bridget Fatse (Trumbull, Conn.) extended the Camel lead to double digits at 19-9 with a kill and put the Mules on the ropes by registering another one to make it 24-13. The set fittingly ended on an attacking error by the Mules' Molly Manuel.
Kellogg led the Camels by contributing 14 kills and 15 digs, while Rust recorded two blocks in addition to 12 kills. Hewlin finished with a team-leading 15 kills and hit at a .565 clip, and McGee came just shy of a double-double performance by posting 50 assists and nine digs.
Hanssen paced Colby by racking up 19 kills, eight digs, three aces and two blocks in the match. Manuel tallied 36 assists and eight digs, while Erin Maidman put up twin figures with 19 digs.
Connecticut College (8-11, NESCAC 2-6) returns to action when it travels next door to Coast Guard on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.