-- By Dom Vazquez '19 --
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Wesleyan University volleyball team defeated the University of Scranton, 3-1, on Saturday at the Johnson and Wales Invitational in the Wildcat Center. The Cardinals dropped the first set 25-22 but came back strong, winning three straight sets by scores of 25-15, 25-16, and 25-17.
Wesleyan is riding a seven-match win streak and is now 7-1 overall, while the Royals fall to 8-8 after the loss.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Wesleyan got off to a good start in the first set, gong up 5-1 early before the Royals started their comeback. Down 10-4, Scranton scored seven unanswered with two kills from Megan Monastra. It was back-and-forth from there on until a service ace by Monastra gave the Royals the 25-22 win.
- The Cardinals jumped out to an early 11-4 lead in the second set after six unanswered points. Though Scranton tried to answer with a 5-1 run, the Cardinals maintained their lead with 5-1 run of their own. A service ace by Phia Bellizzi '21 gave Wesleyan its first set of the day, 25-15.
- The third set started off as a seesaw contest as both teams tried to establish some momentum. The Cardinals then went on a four-point run for a 14-8 lead, which they maintained until the end of the set. Leading 21-15, Wesleyan went on a 4-1 run capped off by two straight kills by Mia Jago '22 to seal the win.
- Both teams came out strong in the fourth set, with neither gaining a sizable advantage over the other. That was until Wesleyan, leading 11-10, produced a 9-2 run to take a commanding 20-12 lead. A service error by Scranton's Monastra sealed the set, 25-17, and the match for the Cardinals.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Offensively, Stasie Litinsky '20 led the Cardinals with 13 kills, with Mia Hogan '20 and Maddie Kurke '22 close behind with 11 and 10, respectively. Grace Rose '21 led the team in assists with 22, while Kaira Muraoka-Robertson '20 totaled 19.
- Defensively, Bellizzi totaled 27 digs to lead the Cardinals, while Rose and Madeleine Lundberg '19 totaled 11 and 10, respectively.
- For the Royals, Monastra led in kills with 14 followed closely by Kristin Kirwan at 11. Monastra also led the team in digs with 14, while Kindler Norman tallied 34 assists.
- Wesleyan is back in action at home on Thursday against Westfield State. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.