Women's Volleyball Hits .333 in Downing St. Joseph (CT), 3-0, to Give New Head Coach Ben Somera an Arrival Present

Women's Volleyball Hits .333 in Downing St. Joseph (CT), 3-0, to Give New Head Coach Ben Somera an Arrival Present

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. 

On defense, Rachel Savage '17 racked up 12 digs while Lundberg added 11.  Sarah Small '18 paced the team in blocks with three and also had a team-high three aces while Abby Southam '16 added two.

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.

The Cardinals will be at home for a pair of matches Sat., Sept. 12, hosting Worcester St. and RIC.  Both matches will feature awebcast and LiveStats.