NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Mitchell College women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Connecticut College on Tuesday night in a non-conference showdown at the Yarnall Athletic Center.
The Camels won by set scores of 25-11, 25-12 and 27-25. Avery Light posted a team-high nine kills on 18 attempts while Emma Hewlin added eight kills and three service aces. Grace McGee handed out 20 assists over two sets while McKaela Simons chipped in 12 to fuel an offense that recorded 37 kills and hit .292 for the match.
Conn College got out to quick leads in each of the first two sets to seize control early. In the opener it was a 5-0 start that propelled the Camels to victory, with Light providing five kills along the way. A 6-1 run jumpstarted the second set for the visitors, who had seven different players record a kill in the stanza.
The third set was a different story as Mitchell fought hard to prolong the match. The Mariners took their biggest lead following a kill by Nikki Gerald that made it 8-5. The Camels responded with four straight points with Hewlin at the service stripe to retake the lead, and from that point on it was a back-and-forth affair.
Conn College took its biggest lead of the third set at 19-16 courtesy of another kill by Light. The Mariners clawed back and eventually pulled ahead at 24-23 on an ace by Gerald. However, the Camels fought off the ensuing set point and later sealed the match behind consecutive kills by Bridget Fatse and Emma Roberts.
Mitchell (0-10 overall) will next play at Albertus Magnus College on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. Conn College (5-9 overall) returns to action at home against Middlebury College on Friday, October 5 at 8 p.m.