Amherst, N.Y.-The fourth-seeded University of Bridgeport women's volleyball team battled but came up short against the top-seeded and host Daemen College Wildcats in the first semifinal at the 2018 East Coast Conference Championship Tournament on Friday, as UB fell in four sets, 18-25, 22-25, 25-16, 19-25. With the loss, Bridgeport is 14-13, and the Wildcats move on to the ECC Finals at 20-10 overall.
After dropping the first two sets, the Purple Knights stormed back to take set number three, 25-16, and led 18-16 in the fourth set, before the hosts finished off the match closing out the fourth set on a 9-1 run.
Senior setter Ellie Rich (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) directed the UB offense with 33 assists, and she finished just shy of a double-double with nine digs. For her career, Rich has amassed 3,855 assists in four seasons.
Freshman Amanda Keller (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) led all players in the match with six blocks (four solos).