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Hahn powers Tigers to NCAA victory

CC sweeps Maryville in regional opener, advances to second round

Second-seeded Colorado College swept Maryville College 25-14, 25-13, 25-17 in the Tigers' opening round of the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Tournament's Atlanta Regional at Emory University.

CC will face Claremont Mudd Scripps, also a 3-0 winner (25-15, 25-13, 25-16) on Friday over Thomas More College, in second-round action at 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

Sophomore oustide hitter Lauren Hahn led Colorado College with 15 kills, while classmate Emily Phillips had 10 kills and 15 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.

"It was a good start," said head coach Rick Swan. "After we got rid of some the early jitters and gained some confidence we played well."

The Tigers improved to 34-4 overall.

CC led 12-9 in Set 1 before reeling off six straight points with freshman setter Rebecca Watson serving, then cruised to the victory. Watson recorded 38 assists and eight digs in the match

In the second set Colorado College jumped out to a 10-2 advantage, then stretched the lead to 22-8 before winning by the 25-13 score.

In the third and final set the Tigers got off to a slow start and found themselves in a 10-3 hole. But fueled by the hitting of Hahn, who hit .278 while posting double-digit kills for the 11th time this campaign, CC went on a 22-7 run to complete the sweep.

As a team the Tigers hit .259 and held Maryville to a .020 attack percentage.

"Our energy was great today," said junior captain Kristen Liberty, who added six kills of her own. "Our first-years and sophomores really stepped up. We had a good time today."

Maryville finished the year with a record of 24-16.

Claremont, meanwhile, improved to 25-6 and is the No. 3-seeded team at the regional.

"Tomorrow will be a good match," said Swan. "Claremont is a solid team. They showed that today. I think we will be in for a battle."