DANBURY, Conn. – The Connecticut College volleyball team fell to Western Connecticut State by a 3-1 decision on Wednesday evening at Feldman Arena. The Colonials won by set scores of 25-18, 23-25, 25-10, and 25-20.
The Camels held an 11-9 advantage in the first set, but the hosts responded by rattling off seven unanswered beginning with a Rory McMaster kill. Two straight aces by Victoria Alomar during the run forced Connecticut College to take a timeout, and the visitors would be unable to recover. A Camel service error on set point gave the Colonials the 25-18 win.
Connecticut College responded by taking the second set by a slim 25-23 margin. In a frame that featured eight ties and five lead changes, freshman Christina Leduc (Mendon, Mass.) broke a 17-17 deadlock by finishing a pass from senior captain Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) to put the Camels ahead for good. Sophomore Eliza Wolcott (San Francisco, Calif.) gave her team the set victory by smashing a kill on the final rally.
Western Connecticut State, however, shook off the tough second set by jumping out to leads of 10-1 and 16-2 in the third frame. The lead ballooned all the way to 20-4 on a service ace by Victoria Korzan, and the Colonials never looked back the rest of the way despite being challenged in the fourth and final set.
Junior Katie Howley (Scituate, Mass.) led the Camels with an 11-kill effort, while McGee contributed a double-double with 25 assists and 10 digs. Senior Dayna McCue (Franklin, Mass.) also recorded twin figures with 12 digs.
Ali Brochu and Nicolina Chenard tallied 11 kills apiece to pace Western Connecticut State (7-3) in the winning effort. McMaster dished out 29 assists, while Alomar contributed two match highs with 16 digs and six of the team's 16 aces.
Connecticut College (4-3) will begin NESCAC play this weekend when it first hosts Tufts on Friday evening at 7 p.m.