New London - Top-seeded Connecticut College bounced back from a sluggish start to defeat No. 8 Colby College 23-25, 25-19, 25-12 and 25-15 in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference volleyball tournament on Friday night at Luce Field House.
It was the 13th straight win for the Camels (23-2), who will play fifth-seeded Williams, a 3-0 winner over No. 4 Amherst, in today's semifinals at 1 p.m.
No. 2 Middlebury will meet No. 3 Bowdoin in the other semifinal at 3:30, and the two winners will play for the title and automatic NCAA Division III tournament bid on Sunday at noon.
Senior Rachel Schroff led Conn with 20 kills, 12 digs and four aces while freshman Caroline Martin had 20 kills, 11 digs and five aces and senior Katie Ketcham had 51 assists and 14 digs.
• Tavish Leland's goal with 1:46 remaining in the first sudden death overtime period gave third-seeded Elms College a 3-2 victory over No. 2 Mitchell College in the semifinals of the New England Collegiate Conference tournament.
The Blazers (10-7-2) will play at No. 1 Lesley in Sunday's title game with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division III tournament. The Mariners, who finish 7-8, rallied from a 2-0 first-half deficit to force overtime on goals by Michael Berthiaume in the 55th minute and Jordan Derosier in the 78th minute.
• Rhode Island used a 21-0 run to erase an early first-half deficit and the Division I Rams went on to defeat Coast Guard Academy 83-31 in an exhibition game at the Ryan Center. The Division III Bears led 7-6 after a basket by freshman Ryan McNeil with 13:34 left in the first half, but Rhody ran off 21 straight points to open a 27-7 lead with 6:54 left in the half.
Senior Greg Marshall led the Bears with seven points while sophomore Zach Wells added six and sophomore David Anderson had a team-high six rebounds.
Coast Guard played without three injured starters - guards Kevin Sowers and Devonte Weems and forward John Benedict.
• Coast Guard won the New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference's sportsmanship award in men's cross country. The Bears have won the award three times in the last seven years (2006, 2008). Coast Guard sophomores Pat Dreiss, Stephen Horvath, Ryan Hub and Joe O'Connell were named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team.
• Coast Guard senior Julia Kane has been named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team for the second consecutive.