ITHACA, N.Y. – The Wesleyan University volleyball team opened its 2018 season with a difficult non-conference matchup against No. 7 Ithaca College on Friday night, and were swept 3-0 by scores of 25-20, 25-15, 25-19. The Bombers (3-1) reached the Final Four of the NCAA Division III Championships a year ago.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Ithaca took control midway through the opening set. Separated by a point late in the frame, the Bombers strung together a 5-0 scoring run that proved to be the difference. After a pair of blocks by Ithaca put the home team within a point of clinching the set, Monet Peoples claimed the 25-20 win three rallies later with a kill.
- Both teams traded points through the middle portion of the second set, but Ithaca used a 6-0 run to take command and eventually prevailed, 25-15.
- Tied at 6-6 early in the third frame, the home team went on a 5-0 run and never looked back. Alison Lipton eventually sealed the 25-19 win with a kill to complete the sweep.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Freshman Maddie Kurke led the Cardinals in her first collegiate match with eight kills. Nicole Hilton '20 added six, while Stasie Litinsky '20 and Harper Graves '20 each totaled five. Kaira Muraoka-Robertson '20 added a team-high 16 assists, while Phia Bellizzi '21 and Jenna Otaola '22 totaled 13 and 11 digs, respectively.
- For the Bombers, Lipton and Katie Evans each totaled 12 kills while Evans finished with a .524 hitting percentage. Caitlyn Floyd dished out 33 assists and Tara Stilwell recorded 17 digs.
- Wesleyan will look to rebound tomorrow with a doubleheader against Susquehanna (11 a.m.) and Geneseo (1:30 p.m.) on the campus of Ithaca College.