Connecticut College 3, Bates College 0 Surging Camels Improve to 15-2 with Fifth Straight Win

NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College volleyball team earned a 3-0 win against Bates College in a NESCAC match at Luce Field House Friday night. The Camels, who are ranked #3 in New England, improve their record to 15-2 and are 6-2 in league action with their fifth consecutive win. The Bobcats continue to improve under second year head coach Margo Linton and are 8-11 with a 1-6 mark in conference action. Rookie outside hitter Caroline Martin (Palo Alto, Calif.) erupted with 15 kills and 15 digs en route to a double-double for the Camels. Senior right side Rachel Schroff (Palos Verdes, Calif.) chipped in with 11 kills and 10 digs while classmate Katie Ketcham (San Francisco, Calif.) dished out a match-high 44 assist to go along with six digs and three kills. Anelise Hohl (Atherton, Calif.) buried nine kills and Andrea Mullaney (New Canaan, Conn.) registered five kills for the winning side. Senior middle blocker Eliza Pyne (Boca Raton, Fla.) contributed with eight kills to go along with two aces and two digs for the visiting Bobcats. Nicole Russell (Boca Raton, Fla.) chipped in with seven kills and five digs for Bates. Sophomore setter Miranda Shapiro (New York, N.Y.) dished out 23 assists in the setback for the visitors. Anelise Hohl rifled home a kill on a Ketcham feed to vault the Camels out to a 7-6 lead in game three. But Pyne responded with the equalizing kill to knot the game up at seven aside. Later on in the match, Ketcham assisted Martin for a kill that put the Camels on top 20-15. But the Bobcats would not go away and the visitors clawed their way to within a point at 21-20 when Mary Deneen (Windsor, Conn.) unloaded for a kill. On the ensuing point, Deneen provided a block to tie things up at 21. The teams were tied up again at 22. But Schroff put the Camels on top for good with a kill from the right side to make it a 23-22 contest. The hosts were able to hold on for the 25-22 win. The Camels built a 10-8 advantage in the second game when senior Katie Ketcham collected a dig and assisted Schroff for a kill. Russell responded though, elevating for a kill that found an opening near the back line to make it a 10-9 contest. But the Camels would eventually pull away for the 25-18 win. Martin buried a kill in the early stages of game one to put the Camels on top 7-3. But Russell countered for the Bobcats with a kill to make it a 7-4 contest. Bates continued to keep it competitive and the visitors executed with a nifty looking block to make it a 22-18 contest. However, the hosts would answer by scoring the next three points to come away with the decision. Cailyyn Straubel (Dallas, Texas) and Anelise Hohl converted with kills before Martin closed out the game with the game-winning point. Both teams will return to action Saturday with 2:00 p.m. conference match ups.

October 12, 2012

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