Hartford, Conn. – Freshman OH Amanda Dake (Victor, N.Y.) had nine kills and nine digs to lead the visiting United States Coast Guard Academy Bears to a 3-0 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in volleyball action this evening at Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity drops its season opener for the third-straight season, while the Bears improve to 4-1. The Bantams host Eastern Connecticut in the Trinity Invitational on Friday at 7 p.m. in its next match, while the Bears host Western Connecticut and Maine Maritime in the Coast Guard/Connecticut College Invitational on the same day.
Coast Guard used an 8-0, following a match-opening kill by Trinity junior OH Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.), to go ahead, 8-1, in the first set. Trinity closed to 14-11 with three points in a row with sophomore S Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) serving for the Bantams, but the Bears scored the next three points on their way to a 25-18 win.
The Bears never trailed in the middle set, although the score was tied four times before the visitors used a 5-1 run to turn an 8-8 stalemate into a 14-9 lead. The Bears eventually took that set, 25-19, but Trinity to jump out to an 10-8 lead early in the third set. Coast Guard used an 8-1 spurt to take a 16-11 lead, but the Bantams rallied for a 4-0 run to pull within 17-16 on an ace by sophomore Rebecca Chu (Old Tappan, N.J.). Coast Guard scored eight of the last nine points of the set and match to finish with a 25-17 win in the third and a 3-0 victory.
Scheffers, senior OH Rachel Underwood (Danville, Calif.), and first-year MH Alexandra Kelly (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) paced Trinity with five kills apiece, while Underwood also served up three aces and added two blocks. Yang finished with a match-high 19 assists, and tied classmate Ali Odermann (Lenexa, Kansas) with a team-best nine digs. Rookie Lauren Hatfield (Gig Harbor, Wash.) had eight kills, four aces, nine digs, and a pair of blocks for the Bears.