Women's Volleyball Gets Strong All-Around Play from Madeleine Lundberg '19 & Rachel Savage '17 Among Others in Tri-Match Split

Women's Volleyball Gets Strong All-Around Play from Madeleine Lundberg '19 & Rachel Savage '17 Among Others in Tri-Match Split

Wesleyan recovered from a 25-20 loss in the opening set to Worcester St. by capturing the next three by comfortable margins, 25-16, 25-16 and 25-15 for a first-match win during a tri-match arrangement Sat., Sept, 12. Leading the Cardinals in kills with 14 was Sarah Swenson '18 while Madeleine Lundberg '19 was right behind with 13.  Caroline Diemer '18 chipped in with eight.  Setting up 40 points with her assists was setter Heidi Westerman '17.  On defense for Wesleyan, which collected 73 digs in the match, libero Rachel Savage '17 logged match-high 21 digs.  Abby Southam '16 had 15 with Lundberg and Westerman both adding 12.  

After Rhode Island College dispatched Worcester St., also by a 3-1 result, the Wesleyan vs. RIC match proved to be the most entertaining of the day with the first two sets both going into extra play.  RIC forged a 24-21 lead in both but Wesleyan scored three straight points in each for a 24-24 tie.  The Cardinals made it 25-24 in their favor in the first set before three straight points by RIC, the first on a kill, the go-ahead point on a service ace and the winning point on a dink for a kill, ended it.  Two of Wesleyan's three points to erase the 24-21 deficit in the second set came on Swenson kills, but Lace made it 25-24 with a kill and an attack error by the Cardinals ended the set.  Wesleyan made short work of the third set, 25-6, moving ahead 4-0, then scoring 18 of the next 23 points, mainly with Southam serving, for a commanding 22-5 margin.  RIC turned the tables in the fourth set, leading 11-5 and by as many as 12 (18-6) before taking the match with the 25-16 win.  Lundberg paced the Cardinals with 13 kills as Swenson and Diemer both added 11.  Westerman had 35 assists.  Digs were plentiful in the match five Anchorwomen all reached double-digits while Savage had a big match with 23 digs, followed by Southam with 20, Jade Ransohoff '18 with 13 and Lundberg with 10.  Sara Small '18 was the blocking leader on the match for Wesleyan with five.  Swenson and Westerman both had four.  Since scoring went to 25 points per set in 2008, Wesleyan had won all seven meetings vs. RIC and held a 21-8 lead in the overall series coming into this encounter as RIC ended a nine-match losing skid to Wesleyan since 2006.

Wesleyan's next match comes up Thurs., Sept. 17 at home vs. Eastern Connecticut in a match to be webcast.