Matching up for the 42nd time in the series history, second most for the Cardinals against a non-conference rival, Wesleyan and Western Conn. battled Thurs., Sept. 24 with the host Colonials coming up with a 3-2 victory. The Cardinals staged two strong comebacks in two of the first four sets with the second resulting in a dramatic 27-25 win to even the match at 2-2. But the Colonials took complete control of the fifth and deciding set early on and rolled to a 15-5 win to secure the match.
In the fourth set, the Cardinals trailed 17-12 as WCSU looked to wrap up the encounter in four sets, But Wesleyan recovered and tied the count on a kill by Madeleine Lundberg '19, 24-24. Then with the score tied 25-25, Wesleyan got the final two points on Colonial misplays to send the match into a fifth set.
In the first set, Wesleyan trailed, 16-8, before forcing that set into extra play, but fell, 28-26. The second set went the Cardinals' way, 25-20, while WCSU had little trouble gaining the edge in the third set en route to a 25-13 win.
Wesleyan leads the overall series vs. WCSU, 24-18, but the Colonials have captured three in a row and five of the last six after the Cardinals had taken six in a row between 2004 and 2009.
Rachel Savage '17 continued to rack up the digs with her second match of the year with at least 30, making exactly 30 at WCSU. Sarah Swenson '18 paced the squad in kills with 17 while Naja Lewis '17 was next with nine. Lundberg had eight kills along with 20 digs. Heidi Westerman '17 tossed up 42 set assists.