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Cardinals Cruise Past Hamilton, 3-0

Photo by Jonas Powell '18, G'19
Photo by Jonas Powell '18, G'19

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 sweep over Hamilton College Saturday afternoon in Silloway Gymnasium by scores of 25-14, 25-10, 25-21. It was the Cardinals fourth-consecutive victory as they improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the NESCAC. The Continentals are now 2-4, 0-2.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan set the tone early and jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first set. A 9-2 run shortly after gave the Cardinals their largest lead, up 20-8, as they pulled away. Gabby Roberts '22 sealed the victory with a kill.
  • Just like the first frame, the home team came out to a strong start as a kill by Harper Graves '21 put Wesleyan up 6-1. The Cardinals scored seven unanswered points to take a 17-5 lead and never looked back. A service ace by Jenna Otaola '22 put Wesleyan up 2-0 in the match.
  • The third set was a different story that featured back-and-forth play throughout. Hamilton scored the first point of the frame to take their first lead of the match and jumped out to a 5-1 lead. Wesleyan slowly cut away at the deficit and tied the set at 11-11. Back-to-back kills by Graves shortly after gave the Cardinals their first lead, 14-13. The Continentals rallied from three points down to tie it at 20-20, but Wesleyan put the match away by scoring five of the next six points.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Wesleyan hit .215 as a team and held Hamilton to just .078. Mia Jago '22 wrapped up an impressive weekend, adding nine kills today while hitting .467. Graves added nine kills as well and Hogan tallied eight. Kaira Muraoka-Robertson '20 dished out 23 assists and 10 digs, while Phia Bellizzi '21 led all players with 21 digs. Jago and Hogan each recorded four blocks.
  • The Continentals were led by Claire Kitz who registered six kills, and Emma Parkhurst who dished out 12 assists. Parkhurst also added 10 digs and Nikki Matsuoka led the team with 15. Kendall Boxe was a force at the net as she finished with three solo blocks and three block assists.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan is back in action Thursday, Sept. 20 and will head to New London, Conn. to face Connecticut College at 7 p.m.