Tufts University 3, Connecticut College 1
Ketcham Supplies 49 Assists & 15 Digs for Camels
MEDFORD - The Tufts University volleyball team shook off a tough first set to come back and beat the Connecticut College Camels 3-1 (13-25, 25-19, 25-21, 29-27) in NESCAC action on Friday evening at Cousens Gym.
The Camels jumped out to a 5-0 lead to begin the first set and never looked back. The closest the Jumbos got was three with Connecticut College building an advantage as large as 13.
The second set had ties from 1 through 6 and then Tufts was able to grab a lead and gain control. An ace by sophomore Haley Hopper (Carlsbad, CA) made it 8-6 Jumbos. Another ace by Hopper pushed the lead to 19-14 later in the set. The Jumbos' largest lead of the set was seven at 23-16.
In the third stanza the Camels raced out to a 4-0 lead before the Jumbos tailed four straight to tie it up. Senior Kiersten Ellefsen's (Goshen, NY) kill gave Tufts a 10-9 lead, which was the team's last advantage for a while. The Camels tallied 10 of the next 14 points to build a five-point lead at 19-14. Tufts then scored six of seven to tie it with a kill by sophomore Juliana Goodbar (Berkeley, CA). The Jumbos finished the set on an 11-2 run to win.
The fourth set had 14 ties and went back and forth at the end with neither team being able to take advantage of the serve. After the score was tied at 17, the two teams traded points back-and-forth until it was 28-27 Jumbos. The Jumbos were then able to finish off the victory.
Hopper led the Jumbos with 15 kills and a match-high three service aces. Senior tri-captain Kendall Lord (LaJolla, CA) finished with 36 assists and 22 digs while sophomore Kelly Brennan (Burr Ridge, IL) added 17 digs.
Connecticut College senior Katie Ketcham (San Francisco, CA) had match-high 49 assists along with 15 digs and two service aces. Senior Rachel Schroff (Palos Verdes, CA) led the match with 19 kills while adding 17 digs. First-year Caroline Martin (Palo Alto, CA) compiled 22 digs and classmate Andrea Mullaney (New Canaan, CT) chipped in with two service aces.
Tufts is now 7-4 on the season and 2-1 in NESCAC play. The Camels fall to 10-2 (2-2).
September 28, 2012