Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College volleyball team went 2-0 today, the final day of the Trinity Volleyball Invitational at Oosting Gymnasium in Hartford, to improve to 2-1 to start the season. The Banams pulled out a gutsy, 3-2, win in their first game of the day over Clark University before going on to sweep Westfield State in the day's final match.
Against the Cougars in game one, Trinity climbed to an early lead and held on to win the first set comfortably, 25-15. The Bantams followed that up with a 25-19 victory in set two before Clark came back to make things interesting in sets three and four. Both teams traded punches in the third set but the Cougars grinded out a 26-24 victory to stay alive. Another close set won by Clark in the fourth pushed the game to a deciding fifth set which the Bantams won, 15-13, in a back-and-forth affair.
Four Trinity players finished with double-digit kills in game one, led by sophomore Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.) who tallied a game-high 19. Junior co-captain Rachel Underwood (Danville, Calif.) fnished with 18 while senior co-captain Claudia Varner (Port Washington, N.Y.) and junior Hanna Engstrom (Hopkinton, Mass.) combined for 24. Varner and Scheffers also each had three aces as well. Trinity first-year Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) was steady once again at the setter position, leading all players with 54 assists. Clark was paced by the trio of Ana Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico), Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Jacqueline Jimenez-Maldonado (San Francisco, Calif.). Mercado led the way with 19 kills while Ramos and Jimenez-Maldonado each had 14.
Trinity cruised against Westfield State, winning by set scores of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-21. Engstrom had a big game for Trinity, coming up clutch in various spots in the second and third sets. She led the team in kills while Varner added another three aces on the serve. Senior Grace Metry (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) had a good game defensively, leading the team with 14 digs. Lizzie Taylor (Medfield, Mass.) had a great game for the Warriors, rattling off four-straight aces at one point.
Clark University 3, Westfield State 1
(25-16, 25-13, 26-28, 25-21)
Eastern Connecticut State 3, Trinity 2
(25-16, 20-25, 17-25, 25-18, 15-11)
Eastern Connecticut State 3, Clark University 2
(21-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-17, 15-9)
Trinity 3, Clark 2
(25-19, 25-19, 24-26, 22-25, 15-13)
Westfield State 3, Eastern Connecticut State 0
(25-23, 25-16, 25-17)
Trinity 3, Westfield State 0
(25-17, 27-17, 25-21)