Golden Bears Fall in Home Opener to Connecticut College, 3-0

Golden Bears Fall in Home Opener to Connecticut College, 3-0

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 5, 2018) – The Western New England University volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Connecticut College on Wednesday evening in the Golden Bears' home opener at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.

Top Performers
Junior outside hitter Ashley Matthews (Salem, N.H.) led the Golden Bears with seven kills and seven digs, while sophomore setter Jenna McCormack (Nashua, N.H.) produced 15 assists to go with six digs and one block assist.

Connecticut College sophomore Katie Howley (Scituate, Mass.) and freshman Avery Light (Sudbury, Mass.) both posted 10+ kill efforts, and junior setter Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) totaled 29 assists.

Game Review
Western New England remained within striking distance throughout the opening set and nearly overcame a late deficit before the Camels closed out the frame with a 4-0 run.

The Golden Bears had an opportunity to take the second set as well, as they held a 15-8 advantage early and a 27-26 edge late. Connecticut College again came through down the stretch, using a 3-0 run to finish off the frame and claim a 2-0 lead in the match.

The visitors took control midway through the third set and didn't look back to complete the sweep.

Notes
• Matthews leads the Golden Bears with 25 kills through five matches this season.
• Connecticut College posted a .204 team hitting percentage

Up Next
Western New England (0-5) will be back in action on Saturday, when the Golden Bears host Amherst and Emerson in a tri-match at the AHLC. Connecticut College (1-0) hosts Salve Regina on Friday.