Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College volleyball team downed Western Connecticut State in straight sets on Tuesday night at Oosting Gymnasium to improve to 3-1 overall to start the season. The Bantams pick up their third-straight victory after a 2-0 day on Saturday at the Trinity College Invitational while the Colonials fall to 3-7 on the year. Trinity returns to action on Thursday for a non-conference matchup at home against Keene State before opening New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play on Saturday at home against Middlebury at 2 p.m. Western Connecticut State is back in action on Saturday for a doubleheader against Southern Maine and Kean College.
Trinity won the first two sets by scores of 25-19 before finishing the match with a dominant, 25-9, third set victory. Sophomore Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.) continued her strong play, leading all players with 19 kills for a .359 hitting percentage. Junior co-captain Rachel Underwood (Danville, Calif.) also tallied double-digit kills with 12 and first-year Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) remained steady at the setter position as she finished with 39 assists. Senior co-captain Claudia Varner (Port Washington, N.Y.) led the team with three aces and classmate Grace Metry (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) posted a team-high 16 digs. The Colonials were paced offensively by Ali Brochu (Winsted, Conn.) who notched 10 kills, while Kamari King (East Hartford, Conn.) added nine kills and Jenna Skerritt (Wolcott, Conn.) had 26 helpers.
Western Connecticut State jumped out to an early 9-4 lead in the first set but the Bantams proved resilient and chipped away at the lead, eventually tying the set at 18-18. Trinity finished the first set on a 7-1 run to come away with the victory and go up 1-0. The Colonials once again found themselves with a lead in set two, 16-15, but Trinity once again closed strong, going on a 10-3 run to close out the second frame and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.
The Bantams cruised in the third set, opening an 8-4 advantage before rattling off six-straight points to go up by 10. After a 6-2 run made it 20-9, the Bantams finished the set with five-straight points, capped off by a kill from rookie Ana DiPrizito (Ridgewood, N.J.) to seal the victory.