|Elizabeth Ahrens finished with eight kills to lead the Jumbos offensively|
MEDFORD – The Tufts volleyball team finished their NESCAC regular season schedule with a 3-0 win over Connecticut College in Cousens Gym on Saturday afternoon. The Jumbos finish a perfect 10-0 for only the second time in program history and will prepare to host the NESCAC Tournament in Cousens Gym next Friday through Sunday.
With the win the Jumbos finish the regular season with a 22-2 mark overall and a 10-0 record in NESCAC play. The last time the Jumbos were 10-0 in NESCAC play was back during the 2008 season. But, the last time the NESCAC Tournament was in Cousens Gym was back in 2014 when the Jumbos hosted but fell to second-seeded Williams in a five set duel in the NESCAC finals.
With the setback the Camels fall to 11-11 overall this season and 4-6 in conference play. The Camels will be the eighth seed in the NESCAC Tournament and face off with first-seeded Tufts in the Quarterfinal round next Friday evening at 5 pm.
The first set was pretty much as close as it could get, with the two teams trading the lead for most of the entire set. With things locked at 21 the Jumbos got a kill from freshman Maddie Stewart and then a Camel error gave them the 23-21 advantage. After a Camel kill from Sam Hunter to bring the score to 23-22, the Jumbos secured the win with a kill from sophomore Mackenzie Bright and a kill from senior co-captain Elizabeth Ahrens gave the Jumbos the first set win.
Things were close in the second set in the beginning, but it was the Camels that were able to take a lead midway through the set. With the visitors up 18-12, Ahrens turned in a ill and an error from the Camels brought the Jumbos within four, 18-14. After a Camel point, the Jumbos took advantage of two Camel errors to come within three, 19-16. Down, 20-18 two service aces from freshman Brigid Bell tied the set at 20. A kill from Bell and Ahrens, followed by two kills from senior Mary Maccabee gave the Jumbos a 25-21 win in the second set.
Once again the Camels took a lead in the third set. The Jumbos tied the set at nine, and then scored five points behind the serve of freshman Kelly Klimo to take a 13-9 lead. Though the Camels scored a few more points, it was the Jumbos who were on a roll and moved to a 25-13 win in the third set.
Ahrens finished with eight kills to lead the Jumbo offense as Bell and senior McKenzie Humann both added six and Bright finished with five. Klimo was the defensive leader with 16 digs and junior co-captain Alex Garrett tallied nine digs in the win. Sophomore Angela Yu took care of the setting for the Jumbos, tallying 27 assists on the day.
Hunter and Ella Johnson both led the Camels with nine kills each. Defensively, Hunter added 12 digs and Dayna McCue finished with 11. Katia Elisman ran the offense for the Camels, finishing with 21 assists on the day.
Both teams will be back in action next Friday when NESCAC Tournament play opens back in Cousens Gym. The Camels and the Jumbos have a scheduled 5 pm start time on Friday night.