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Volleyball Drops Both Ends of Tri-Match to Williams and Smith

Eliza Wolcott

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College volleyball team dropped both ends of a tri-match it hosted against Williams and Smith on Saturday at the Luce Field House. The Camels were first blanked in their annual NESCAC matchup with Williams, 3-0, before coming up short by a 3-2 decision against Smith later in the day.

Williams 3, Connecticut College 0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-15)

Connecticut College was more competitive than the overall outcome indicated against the Ephs, dropping the first two sets by a mere two points. However, the visitors went into cruise control during the third set and built up a commanding 22-8 advantage by embarking on a 15-1 run and rattling off 12 straight. Six of the 12 consecutive points came by Natalie Albright service aces, and the Ephs finished the set with a double-digit win.

Sophomore Bridget Fatse (Trumbull, Conn.) was a bright spot by providing a career-high 13 digs to go along with three kills and a block. Freshman Katie Gunderman (Oakland, Calif.) added nine kills, while senior Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) contributed 13 kills, eight assists, and five digs.

Smith 3, Connecticut College 2 (21-25, 17-25, 25-19, 25-17, 15-11)

After playing a maximum five sets against the Ephs during the second match of the day, the Pioneers found a way to come from two sets down to defeat the Camels in another five-frame marathon to close out a long day in the gym.

The hosts scored three of the first four points in the deciding frame, but Smith answered with a 7-2 run that included a kill by Ava Zollinger when it was time for the teams to switch sides. Connecticut College never came closer than three the rest of the way.

Freshman Christina Leduc (Mendon, Mass.) and Fatse each recorded double-doubles of the kills-digs variety. Both players had 10 kills, while Fatse notched 12 digs and Leduc finished with 11. McGee had a solid all-around effort with 20 assists, seven digs, five kills, and five aces.

Connecticut College (7-15, NESCAC 0-9) will conclude its 2019 campaign when it hosts Trinity on Friday night at 7 p.m. Seniors Dayna McCue (Franklin, Mass.) and Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) will be recognized for their contributions to the program prior to the contest.