Collecting 35 kills with just seven attack errors, the Cardinals hit a solid .333 in defeating St. Joseph (CT), 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-21), Thurs., Sept. 10, in the season opener. It was the first match for new head coach Ben Somera, who called it a "good win. The girls did a really nice job of serving and running balls down. Overall, I think we did a nice job."
Leading the attack with 12 kills was Sarah Swenson '18 as she hit with a .357 efficiency. Right behind her with 11 kills was Caroline Diemer '18, who did not make an error on her way to a .524 hitting percentage. Setting up the bulk of the kills was setter Heidi Westerman '17, making 28 assists. Adding seven kills with no errors in her collegiate debut was Madeleine Lundberg '19, giving her a .438 hitting percentage.
The Cardinals scored six of the final seven points in the opening set to pull away for the 10-point win. Jumping out to a 6-1 edge in the second set, Wesleyan added another 5-1 run for commanding 11-2 lead. The Cardinals led by as many as 12 (21-9) before posting another 25-15 victory. The third set was the most competitve as Wesleyan trailed early, 3-2, but used a 4-0 run for a 6-3 lead. The lead grew to 12-7, but the Blue Jays had their strongest stretch of the match to take a 19-18 lead behind a 12-6 run. Wesleyan took the lead for good, 20-19, on a kill by Diemer, stretched it to 22-19, and captured the match with a 25-21 triumph.