Wheaton swept as Lyons and Bears open NEWMAC slate

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Wheaton College women's volleyball team opened its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) slate with a 3-0 (20-25, 9-25, 12-25) setback to host United States Coast Guard Academy on Tuesday at Merriman Gymnasium.

The Lyons fell to 4-5, while the Bears won their fifth straight match to improve to 7-2.

Freshman Jackie Jones (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) paced Wheaton's balanced hitting attack with four kills and two blocks, as two Lyons notched three kills apiece, including senior Becca Rose (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional), who also had 14 assists and nine digs.

Defensively, junior Emily Davisson (Carpinteria, Calif./Laguna Blanca School) posted a team-best 10 digs, while senior Kristen Hunt (Milford, Conn./Jonathan Law) added seven.

Coast Guard sophomore Lauren Bloch (Centennial, Colo.) totaled 11 kills, 12 digs and five blocks.  Classmates Karen Matic (Oswego, Ill.) and Catherine Walker (Dearborn Heights, Mich.) contributed 35 assists and 18 digs, respectively.

The Lyons had a 13-10 lead in the opening set before the Bears used a 10-3 run for a 20-16 edge and eventual five-point win.  Wheaton trailed 14-9 in the next set but would get no closer, as Coast Guard rattled off the last 11 points.  In the final set, the hosts jumped out to a 10-5 advantage before completing the sweep with a 15-7 spurt.

Wheaton looks to get back to .500 on Thursday at Mount Ida College at 7:00 p.m.

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