NEW LONDON, CT – The Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball squad split a pair of matches on Friday evening at the Coast Guard/Connecticut College Tournament. After falling 3-0 (20-25, 12-25, 20-25) to Coast Guard in the opener, the Colonials held on to edge Maine Maritime, 3-2 (25-23, 14-25, 11-25, 25-22, 11-15) in the nightcap.
Senior outside hitter Kamari King (East Hartford, CT) smashed a match-high nine kills in the loss to Coast Guard – now 5-1 overall – before racking up another match-high 18 floors against Maine Maritime – now 3-2. Classmate setter Jenna Skerritt (Wolcott, CT) handed out a team-high 28 assists in the victory, while also notching six service aces.
"We played a decent match against Coast Guard but we allowed too many easy opportunities and they capitalized," said WestConn head coach Don Ferguson following Day One of the tournament. "The second match was frustrating. We were up every single set and in control. We began looking at the score once we made some errors, played down a level. Maine Maritime did a great job of staying in the game," he continued. "However, once the fifth set began, we found our groove and were able to finish strong," he concluded.
Other noteworthy Colonial performances against Maine Maritime came from sophomore Nicolina Chenard (Ardsley, NY) and senior Mikayla Aubry (Fresno, CA) who finished with seven and five kills, respectively, while each committed just one hitting error.
WestConn (4-2 overall) returns to action tomorrow for Day Two of the tournament when they meet Salve Regina at 10 a.m. before squaring up against co-host Connecticut College at 2 p.m.