Nov. 9, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Nicole Gurr had a match-high 16 kills in leading the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to a 3-0 victory over Mount Ida College in the opening round of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament. The Bears cruised past the Mustangs with scores of 30-18, 30-15 and 30-18 en route to a win in their first NCAA appearance since 1997.
Top-seeded Coast Guard (24-2) met little resistance from eighth-seeded Mount Ida (21-10), which fell behind quickly in all three games. Amanda Pereira totaled a team-best 10 kills and Brianne Cobb recorded a match-high 17 digs to pace the Mustangs.
The Bears won their 20th consecutive match with a dominating attack that was spearheaded by Gurr and supplanted by Kimberly Jung's 11 kills. Jeannie Crump had only 14 swings, but added eight kills and a .500 hitting percentage to the Coast Guard effort.
Christine Rostowfske, who earlier this week was named NEWMAC Player of the Year, set up the offense with a match-best 35 assists. Gurr and Leanna Minton paved the way defensively for Coast Guard with 16 digs a piece.
Coast Guard is historically perfect in first round games of the NCAA Tournament. Winning their opening match in all four appearances (1995, 1996, 1997, 2006), the Bears have never advanced past the second round.