NEW LONDON, CT – The WestConn women's volleyball team moved to 2-5 overall following a split on Day One of the Coast Guard Tournament at Connecticut College on Friday evening. Junior outside hitter Kamari King (East Hartford, CT) buried a match-high 12 kills in a 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-22) victory over Nichols before doing the same in a hard fought 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 29-27) loss to Coast Guard in the nightcap.
The Colonials controlled the match against Nichols. Junior setter Jenna Skerritt (Wolcott, CT) provided a match-high 26 assists, while sophomore Bailey Wyrebeck (Bristol, CT) tallied a match-high four aces, while junior libero Jenna Pisano (Orange, CT) also contributed with a match-high 10 digs. Nichols tried to stage a rally in the third set but WestConn held on to edge them and earn the victory.
Coast Guard proved to be a more formidable opponent in the second contest of the evening. Despite King's offensive prowess, the hosts were able to outlast the Colonials in all three games. Coast Guard racked up 11 service aces led by Michelle McGill with five of her own as they improved to 4-2 overall.
"I love the way we played today. We demonstrated the ability to battle in a great college environment," said WestConn head coach Don Ferguson following the action.
The Colonials return to the floor for Day Two of the tournament when they meet non-league foe Worcester State on Saturday at 10 a.m. They then square up against Connecticut College at 2 p.m.