Connecticut College Tops Wesleyan at Trinity
Hartford, Conn. – Kendall Lord collected 50 assists, 13 digs, three aces, and had a hand in three blocks to lead the visiting Tufts University Jumbos to a 3-2 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) volleyball action this evening at Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity, ranked No. 8 in New England, drops to 13-5 overall and 4-3 in the NESCAC with its second consecutive loss, while the Jumbos, sitting at No. 2 in the NESCAC standings, improve to 17-3 overall and 8-1 in the league. Connecticut College earned a 3-1 win over Wesleyan in the other NESCAC match played at Trinity today. The Camels, sitting at No. 3 in the league after a pair of wins this weekend, improve to 14-6 overall and 6-3 in the NESCAC, while Wesleyan falls to 5-14 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
Tufts grabbed the first two games over Trinity, 25-20 and 25-22, putting the Bantams in a quick hole. Trinity regained momentum in the third game, ending the game on a 9-6 run to force a Game 4. The Jumbos jumped out to a 6-3 lead in Game 4, and kept a sight edge most of the way, but the Bantams again came back strong, ending the game on a 7-1 run, sparked by a key kill by sophomore OH Hannah Brickley (Melrose, Mass.), one of her 23 on the day, to force a Game 5. In the final game, Tufts immediately took a 6-0 lead. The Jumbos went up 14-5, just one point shy of the win, before Trinity would string off six straight points to cut the lead to 14-11. The late push by Trinity was too late, as Tufts scored the game's final point to seal their eighth consecutive victory.
In addition toher game-high 23 kills,Brickley picked up 13 digs and two assists, while junior OH Danielle Isaman (West Hartford, Conn.) recorded 11 kills and 24 digs for the Bantams. Bianca Smith totaled eight solo blocks, assisted on four others, and added seven kills for the Jumbos, while Cara Spieler had 11 kills and 22 digs in the match.
In the earlier match, Wesleyan trailed Game 1, 18-14, before going on a 11-3 run to grab a 25-21 win over Connecticut College. Game 2 was tightly contested until the Camels hit their stride and strung off a 7-1 run to end the game, turning a single point advantage into a 25-18 win. The Camels needed extra points to beat the Cardinals in Game 3, which gave them a 2-1 overall lead with a pivotal 27-25 win. Game 4 was not as contested by the Cardinals, who found themselves in a 16-7 hole before the Camels finished off the day with a 25-16 victory.
Amy Newman led the Camels with 13 kills and nine digs, while Rachel Schroff had 12 kills, two aces, and had her hand in seven blocks. Monica Leslie and Natalie Wildenradt recorded 13 kills apiece for the Cardinals, while Sara Warnock picked up a dozen.