Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 sweep of the Mitchell College Mariners on Tuesday night at Oosting Gymnasium on Trinity's campus in Hartford. The Bantams, who won by set scores of 25-13, 25-17 and 25-10, improve to 6-4 on the year while the Mariners fall to 0-10 overall. Trinity returns to action on Friday for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) match against in-state rival Wesleyan University at 7 p.m.
Trinity was led by sophomore Hanna Engstrom (Hopkinton, Mass.) and junior co-captain Rachel Underwood (Danville, Calif.) and sophomore Wyllie Boughton (Andover, Mass.) who each had eight. Boughton was one of three Trinity players to tally three aces, along with classmates Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.) and Erica Bruni (Palos Verdes, Calif.), while senior Grace Metry (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) led the squad with 12 digs. Rookie Rebecca Chu (Old Tappan, N.J.) and sophomore Anna Hackett (Wallingford, Conn.) both played well splitting time at the setter position, with Chu leading all players with 23 assists and Hackett finishing with seven. Mitchell was paced by Italia Krick (Griswold, Conn.) and Laurissa Amaker (North Haven, Conn.) who both had a pair of service aces and Courtney Cappabianca (Torrington, Conn.) who lead the Mariners with eight digs.
The Bantams jumped out to a 10-3 advantage in the first set and never looked back, crusing to a 25-13 set victory. After a kill from Ariana Carter (Central Falls, R.I.) made it 11-5, the Bantams rattled off six consecutive points to command a 17-5 lead. A 5-0 run would later put the hosts up 22-9 before a Mariner service error capped off the set in Trinity's favor.
The second set did not start as smoothly for Trinity as Mitchell found itself ahead, 6-5, after an ace from Amaker. Trinity, however, regrouped and rattled off a 7-1 run to take a 12-7 lead. Up, 14-9, Mitchell fought back with five straight points to even the score at 14-14. The Bantams went on to yield just three more Mariner points in the set, capping it with a kill by Underwood, followed by back-to-back, booming aces from Scheffers.
The third set was never in doubt as Trinity climbed to a 6-1 lead and cruised from there. Up 23-10, sophomore Ana DiPrizito (Ridgewood, N.J.) sealed the victory with consecutive kills off assists from Hackett to help lift the Bantams to the sweep.