NORTON, Mass. - Junior Rachel Vergara (Needham, Mass./Needham) and sophomore Marguerite Copeland (Woodbridge, Va./Oldfields School) each recorded four kills in the Lyons 3-0 loss to Coast Guard Academy Tuesday night in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) volleyball opener for both.
Sophomore Kelsey DePorto (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) paced the Bears (6-1, 1-0 NEWMAC) with nine kills while junior Catherine Walker (Dearborn Heights, Mich./Divine Child) and freshman Kelsey Hickle (Plano, Texas/Plano) each recorded seven.
The Bears won game one, 25-18, behind three kills each from DePorto and Hickey. Copeland and junior Christina Cannon (Milford, Conn./Milford) led Wheaton (1-8, 0-1 NEWMAC) with two kills apiece.
In the second game, DePorto put down four kills and junior Keriann Mason (Highland, Calif./Arrowhead Christian Academy) recorded three as the Bears posted a .429 hitting percentage en route to a 25-14 win. Copeland and Vergara each notched two kills for the Lyons in the middle frame.
Walker recorded four of her seven kills along with a pair of service aces in Coast Guard's 25-14 win in game three. Senior Emily Davisson (Carpinteria, Calif./Laguna Beach School) had six of her 12 digs in the third set for Wheaton.
"I was very happy with our first set. We proved we can play with them," said Wheaton head coach Craig Letourneau. "We need to find ways to score points, and the rest of our game has to be stronger than what it was tonight. We lose focus when other teams go on a run, and there are stretches of two or three points where we look confused. We need to take care of the things we can control, and we didn't do that tonight."
Junior Katie Matic (Oswego, Ill./Rosary) dished out 28 assists for Coast Guard while Mason tallied nine digs and DePorto recorded three blocks (one solo). Junior Olanna Nissim (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) finished with 12 assists for the Lyons while Cannon posted nine digs.
The Lyons return to action Wednesday night when they host non-conference foe Mount Ida at 7 p.m. The Bears travel to Springfield on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match.