Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women's volleyball program played along with one of the top programs in the country Saturday, ultimately falling to #14 Tufts 3-0. After seeing a first set decided by just five points, the Bantams (7-10, 0-6) couldn't get things going against the 16-0 Jumbos in the final two frames.
Junior Maddie Stewart (Menlo Park, Calif.) had a tremendous day for the visitors, leading the game with 14 kills on 20 attempts while adding in four blocks. The Jumbos, as a team, hit .367 on the afternoon, committing just 12 hitting errors.
Things went back-and-forth in the first set, with both teams trading points until the end. After controlling — and winning — the second set, Tufts saw a thunderous comeback attempt from the hosts. After trailing by six points early in the final frame, Freshman Molly Bernstein (Oakland, Calif.) and Alex Kelly (Manhattan, Calif.) picked up kills before freshman Emma McGraw (San Diego, Calif) served two straight aces. An ace from sophomore Hareena Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.) tied the score at 13-13, and an attack error on the Jumbos gave Trinity its first lead of the afternoon. Tufts regained control of the lead and never looked back, however, taking the final nine points in commanding fashion.
Senior Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.) led the hosts with six kills and nine digs; Johnson and Bernstein tacked on four, and Wyllie Boughton added in three. Junior Christina Nwankpa (Round Rock, Texas) had a monster game as well, recording nine kills on 13 attempts while adding in a game-high five blocks.
The Bantams return to the hardwood on Thursday night, taking on Wesleyan on the road at 7 p.m.