Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women's volleyball program used all five sets Friday night, earning its first league win of the season over Connecticut College, 3-2. The Bantams, playing a team during its senior day for the third straight contest, were able to hold on to a late fifth set lead, earning a win in its final game of the season.
Senior Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.) paced the Bantam offense, amassing seven kills in the first two sets and finishing the evening with a game-high 18 kills.
The Bantams controlled the beginning of the first set, taking a commanding 10-3 lead before a much-needed Camels timeout killed the momentum. Connecticut College stormed back and would take a 15-13 lead before Trinity's offense came alive. The teams traded points with five ties in the first set. First-year Molly Bernstein (Oakland, Calif.) and senior Wyllie Boughton (Flossmoor, Ill.) tallied three kills apiece in the back end of the set, but with the score 24-23, a service error gave the hosts a set one victory.
Trinity was able to match Connecticut College point for point once more through the second set. After falling behind by as many as five, Bernstein put the offense on her back with four kills among the seven comeback points through the second set that tied the game at 20 points. The Bantams utilized a handful of hitting errors to take a three-point advantage late, and kills from sophomore Ally Conde (Killingly, Conn.) and Scheffers gave the second set to Trinity, 25-23.
The Bantams came out on fire to start the third set, leading by as many as seven. The Camels responded. Junior Katie Howley (Scituate, Mass.) saw five kills in the set, forcing Trinity to call a timeout. After tying the game, Bernstein's two kills put the Bantams up 24-19 and ultimately win the set on a hitting error.
After starting the set with a seven-point lead, the Camel offense woke up. Not only did the hosts tie the game, but took an 18-16 lead in set number four. The Bantams put up a late fight, but Howley added three kills to the end of set four, winning 25-20 and forcing game five.
An exciting fifth set started with another lead for the Bantams, hanging as many as four points over Connecticut College's head. Sophomore Eliza Wolcott (San Fransisco, Calif.) led the Camel offense with three kills, and the hosts took a 10-9 advantage. The Bantams responded, and kills from Boughton and Scheffers closed the gap and earn a 15-13 set five victory.
Conde was close behind Scheffers, finishing with 15 kills, Bernstein followed with 11, and Boughton ended the evening with eight. The Bantams finish the season with an 8-16 overall record.