ITHACA, N.Y. – The Wesleyan University volleyball team recovered from a season-opening loss last night against No. 7 Ithaca by following up with back-to-back non-conference wins on Saturday over Susquehanna (3-2) and SUNY Geneseo (3-0), respectively. The Cardinals conclude the 2018 South Hill Classic, hosted by Ithaca, with a 2-1 record.
MATCH 1 HIGHLIGHTS VS. SUSQUEHANNA:
- Wesleyan came out hot in its first match of the day with back-to-back victories, however, the River Hawks (4-3) rallied to force a decisive fifth set. In the final frame, the Cardinals regained their composure and prevailed, claiming the match by scores of 25-14, 25-18, 23-25, 23-25, 15-12.
- The first set was all Wesleyan as the Cardinals hit .500 as a team and cruised to an 11-point victory. In the second frame, Wesleyan trailed 12-9 but mounted an impressive rally which featured nine unanswered points before Nicole Hilton '20 hammered home the winning kill.
- The third and fourth sets featured competitive back-and-forth play with Susquehanna narrowly coming away with victories.
- It was a similar story in the fifth set, and with Wesleyan trailing by one (10-9), back-to-back kills by Hilton sparked a 3-0 run and a kill by Maddie Kurke '22 sealed the victory.
- The Cardinals were led by Mia Hogan '20, who posted a double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs, while Kurke and Hilton totaled 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Kaira Muraoka-Robertson '20 dished out 31 assists, Grace Rose '21 added 25, and Phia Bellizzi '21 totaled 23 digs. Wesleyan hit .226 as a team with 68 kills on 190 attempts.
- Four players totaled double-digit kills for Susquehanna as Sydney Portale led all players with 16. Riley O'Dowd added 12 kills and Brooke Lacesa and Hannah Lyons each tallied 10. Lindsey Pugh had a game-high 50 assists and a team-high 19 digs.
MATCH 2 HIGHLIGHTS VS. GENESEO:
- The Cardinals swept the Knights (4-3) by scores of 25-16, 25-19, 25-14.
- Geneseo came out hot to start the match and jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first. The Cardinals responded nicely, however, and went on a 16-5 run to take a 17-13 lead and never look back.
- The second set was a different story as both teams exchanged points often. Wesleyan trailed 19-18 but a kill by Hogan jumpstarted a strong run by the Cardinals as they closed out the frame with seven unanswered points.
- It was all Wesleyan in the third and final frame as the Cardinals never trailed en route to a commanding 11-point victory.
- Stasie Litinsky '20 posted a team-high 11 kills with an incredible .526 hitting percentage. Hogan added 10 kills, Rose dished out 30 assists and Bellizzi tallied 13 digs to round out Wesleyan's top performers.
- Leading the way for Geneseo was Grace Cergol with 10 kills and nine digs. Morgan Michalski registered 27 assists and Sam Mendelsohn tallied a team-high 10 digs.
- Wesleyan returns to action Friday, Sept. 14 for its home- and NESCAC-opener as the Cardinals welcome Little Three rival Williams to Silloway Gymnasium. The match is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.