Camels Win Conference Opener in Dramatic Fashion

NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College volleyball team erased a 1-0 deficit and had to rally back from 11-9 and 14-13 scores in the deciding fifth game to outlast Williams College, 3-2, in front of 400 Camel crazies in the packed bleachers of Luce Field House Friday night. Williams took the first game by a count of 25-18. But the Camels took the next two games with respective scores of 25-17 and 25-22. The Ephs clawed back with a 28-26 win in game four before falling in the fifth game, 16-14. Junior All-American Amy Newman (Los Angeles, Calif.) exploded with 31 kills in the victory. Senior Molly Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) chipped in with 11 kills and rookie right side Sarah Shankel (Loveland, Colo.) reached double figures with 10 kills in the triumph. Senior middle blocker Chelsea Manning (Cockeysville, Md.) notched seven kills for the victors. All-American setter Marissa DeMais (Hillsdale, N.J.) distributed 53 assists in the win. Ally Terlizzi (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) tallied 20 digs and Carly Guiducci (Del Mar, Calif.) registered 14 digs for the Camels. Erin Barker (Edwards, Colo.) finished with nine digs for the Camels. Connecticut College head volleyball coach Josh Edmed was pleased with his team´s effort and resilience in the opening night win. "This was a really good win for us," Edmed said. "Everybody has been working hard in the early stages of the season. But we still have a really long way to go." Williams College senior Kate Anderson (Berlin, Mass.) buried 24 kills to lead the visiting Ephs. Emily Baratta (San Diego, Calif.) added 11 kills while senior Eleanor Levine (Atlanta, Ga.) finished with 10 kills. Senior setter Emily Avis (Palo Alto, Calif.) dished out 55 assists to go along with 16 digs en route to a double-double. Aly McKinnon (Portola Valley, Calif.) registered 23 digs for Williams. The other star of the night was Student Government Association President Nate Cornell. Cornell showered the crowd with spiffy looking t-shirts and increased awareness for the event that drew the largest attendance for a home volleyball match in recent history. -CC-

September 17, 2010

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