Volleyball Wins 2016 NESCAC Opener, Defeats Hamilton, 3-1

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

THE BASICS:

Score: Wesleyan 3, Hamilton 1 (25-22, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16)
Records: Wesleyan (3-1, 1-0 NESCAC); Hamilton (2-3, 0-1 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Silloway Gymnasium)
Date: Friday, September 16
Time: 8 p.m.
The Lead: With the match knotted at 1-1, the Wesleyan University women's volleyball team rallied to take the final two sets to seal the win, as the Cardinals defeated Hamilton College Friday night in their 2016 NESCAC opener, 3-1.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The first set went back-and-forth throughout. Trailing 20-16, Hamilton rallied to even the score. After a kill by Kyndal Burdin put the visitor's within one, 23-22, Wesleyan scored back-to-back points to take the set and gain a 1-0 advantage in the match.
  • The second set was similar to the first early on, and a block by Sarah Swenson '18 and Nicole Hilton '20 midway through put the Cardinals within one, 15-14. However, Hamilton would go on to score 10 of the next 11 points en route to the 25-15 win to even the match at 1-1.
  • Trailing 16-15 in the third, a kill from Stasie Litinsky '20 evened the score and jumpstarted a 4-0 run. Wesleyan would never look back in the set and held on for the 25-21 win.
  • The Cardinals momentum carried over into the fourth, and a 13-4 run by the home team increased their lead to 18-8. Hamilton went on a run of its own and scored seven unanswered points to get within four, 19-15, but Wesleyan scored the final six points to seal the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Hilton was the lone Cardinal with double-digit kills as she finished with 10. Audrey Konow '20 dished out a game-high 37 assists, while Olivia Guidotti '20 and Madeleine Lundberg '20 finished with 21 and 15 digs, respectively.
  • As a team, Wesleyan finished with 41 kills and a .119 hitting percentage. Hamilton recorded 40 kills, but finished with 31 attack errors for a .064 mark.
  • Giuliana Rankin paced the Continentals with 12 kills, while Burdin registered a double-double with 33 assists a team-high 19 digs.

HEAD COACH BEN SOMERA:

  • "It's great to come away with a win, our defense kept us in the match when our offense wasn't firing on all cylinders," said Somera. "We rotated through a lot of different options to find a winning combination, and it's been nice to have that kind of depth."

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals return to the court tomorrow, Sept. 17 and will host NESCAC rival Middlebury at 2 p.m. in Silloway Gym.
  • Hamilton is back in action tomorrow as well and will head to Hartford, Conn. to face Trinity at 1 p.m.

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