Hartford, Conn. – Playing a nationally-ranked opponent for the third straight day, the Trinity College women’s volleyball program held a close contest with #14 Juniata, ultimately falling 3-0. The Bantams led a majority of set one, and kept set three close through the frame’s duration, but was unable to close out against one of the nation’s top teams. The Bantams (7-13) finished the Wesleyan Invitational without a win, giving the Eagles (16-6) its second win of the weekend.
Juniata cruised through #18 Johnson & Wales Saturday morning, and Trinity tested the Eagles endurance early. A handful of attack errors paired with two kills from senior Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.) to give the Bantams an early 7-4 lead in the first set. A kill and a block from sophomore Alex Kelly (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) helped Trinity retain the lead, and Scheffers would tack on another kill and block to extend the Bantam lead to 17-10. The Eagles stormed back, however, scoring five straight points before forcing a Trinity timeout. Out of the timeout, kills from freshman Molly Bernstein (Oakland, Calif.) and senior Wyllie Boughton (Andover, Mass.) added to a service ace from sophomore Paola Matos (Bedford, N.H.) extended the lead once more, but three hitting errors paired with two late kills from junior Victoria Taylor (Middletown, Del.) to give Juniata a 25-22 first set victory.
Trinity never saw a lead in set two, falling 25-10, but regrouped with its back against the wall in set three. Scheffers registered four more kills to give the Bantams an early set lead, but Juniata ran away with the back end of the set, winning 25-17.
Scheffers led Trinity with a team-high eight kills and 11 digs, with four kills added in from Bernstein and sophomore Ally Conde (Killingly, Conn.). Junior Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) led the team with 16 assists, and senior Boughton led the team with two blocks.
Juniata saw an all-around positive team performance, hitting .321 as a squad with just 13 attack errors. Taylor finished the day hitting .281, registering a game-high 14 kills. Senior Dejia Danhi (Ashburn, Va.) finished with a game-high four blocks and added in seven kills, and sophomore Moira Folan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led the team with 30 assists.
Trinity returns to NESCAC action Friday night, traveling to Colby College with playoff implications on the line. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m.