Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College Bantams team fell, 3-0, on Friday evening to the Connecticut College Camels in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) volleyball matchup in front of a big home crowd in Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity falls to 6-10 overall and 1-7 in conference action while the Camels improve to 10-7 on the year and 4-3 in NESCAC play.
Connecticut College jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead in the first set which forced the Bantams to take a timeout to slow the momentum. Trinity continued to battle and stay close, however Connecticut College held the Bantams at arms length for a majority of the set. The Camels scored to go up 15-10 which brought on another timeout from Trinity but the Camels kept up the pressure as they eventually pulled away to win the first set by a score of 25-16.
The Bantams got off to a hot start in the second set as they went up 7-4 to open things. A Camel ball-handling error off a hard serve from Trinity senior tri-captain Randi Whitham (Weymouth, Mass.) put the Bantams up 14-9 which prompted Connecticut College to call a timeout to try and regroup. Out of the timeout, the Camels fought back to cut the Trinity lead to two at 16-14 before a Bantam timeout. The Camels finished the set on a 6-1 run to win, 25-18, and go up two sets to none in the match.
The Camels went up, 9-5, in set three despite consecutive Trinity points to begin the frame. The Bantams battled to keep it close as an ace by Whitham made it a 16-13 score in favor of the Camels, but Connecticut College pulled away to take the set, 25-17, and earn the 3-0 sweep.
Sophomore Rachel Underwood (Danville, Calif.) and first-year Wyllie Boughton (Andover, Mass.) combined for 23 digs for the Bantams as Boughton also chipped in five kills on the evening. First-year Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.) led the team with six kills on a team-high 27 attacks while Whitham paced the team with a pair of aces. Connecticut College sophomore Jenny Kellogg (Los Altos, Calif.) led all players with eight kills and three aces while teammate Alex McDevitt (Medfield, Mass.) added seven kills of her own. First-year Dana McCue (Franklin, Mass.) had a game-high 20 digs while junior Sam Hunter (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) had 17 as well.
Trinity returns to action tomorrow for a pair of games in Oosting as they host the WPI Engineers at 11 a.m. followed by a match against Rhode Island College at 3 p.m.