November 10, 2006

Coast Guard Sweeps Endicott En Route to Regional Final

Nov. 10, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - With a 30-17, 30-15, 30-10 victory over Endicott College, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy advanced to its first NCAA Women's Volleyball Regional Final in four appearances. The top-seeded Bears (25-2) will meet up with either No. 2 MIT or No. 3 Amherst College at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. The No. 5 Gulls capped their season with a 26-13 ledger.

A pair of four-point runs by Coast Guard turned a 3-1 deficit into a 9-4 advantage in the opening game. Endicott was able to narrow the margin to three (10-7), but it was as close as it would get as the Bears extended their lead to 13 points (26-13) before sealing the victory.

The early stages of the second stanza were closely played as the Gulls evened the frame at four. However, Coast Guard went on an 11-1 run to take control of the game. Facing game point, Endicott denied the Bears an immediate victory with a three-point spurt. Coast Guard capitalized on the next serve to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

The Bears continued to roll in the final game, eventually building a 23-6 advantage. Following an Endicott timeout, the Gulls captured the next point however Coast Guard outscored them 8-3 to close the contest.

Nicole Gurr posted a match-high 16 kills and four aces to go along with 11 digs for Coast Guard. Kimberly Jung notched a double-double on 15 kills and a team-high 14 digs. Corinne McCormack bolstered the Bears offense with 13 kills as Christine Rostowfske dished out 43 assists.

Sara Moore led Endicott's attack with nine kills as Steph Wiese chipped in six. Meghan Hall finished with 23 assists, 14 digs, and two aces while Brittany Nolan led the back row with 15 digs.