Volleyball Sees Eight-Game Winning Streak Snapped at Coast Guard

Joan Porambo

New London, CT -- Junior Catherine Walker () had nine kills, six digs and a pair of aces leading a balanced Coast Guard attack as the Bears snapped WPI's winning streak at eight with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-17) win in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match.

Coast Guard started off fast scoring the first seven points in the first game behind the serving of freshman Kelsey Hickle () and increased the lead to 15-2. WPI would get as close as ten on four different occasions the last being 18-8 before the Bears scored seven of the final ten points for the 25-11 win.

The second game started the exact same way as the Bears raced out to a 7-0 lead, this time behind the serving of sophomore Sam Marmolejo (). WPI fought back cutting the lead to 10-6 and trailed 13-11 before Coast Guard ran off 12 for the next 15 to win the game 25-14.

The Bears scored the first four points in the third game and pushed that to nine at 15-6. WPI would get as close as six at 16-10, but Coast Guard closed out the match with a 25-17 win.

Junior Keriann Mason () added six kills and seven digs while junior Karen Matic () had six kills and a team-high 19 assists.

Also for the Bears, sophomore Sam Marmolejo () had 12 digs and three aces, freshman Elise Sako () added ten assists while Hickle had a team-high four aces in the win as Coast Guard improved to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

Junior Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, MA) led WPI with seven kills to go with nine digs while classmate Kerrin Beovich (Seaford, FL) also had seven kills for the Engineers, who drop to 12-4 overall and 3-2 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, PA) led WPI with 12 digs while junior Alex Rangel (Weston, FL) had a team-high 11 assists in the loss.