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Win Streak Extends to Nine for Wesleyan Volleyball as Cardinals Defeat Trinity, 3-1

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

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Wesleyan University volleyball team defeated in-state NESCAC rival Trinity College on the road Friday night, 3-1. With the win, the Cardinals (9-1, 4-0 NESCAC) extend their win streak to nine, while the Bantams (7-4, 0-3) remain winless in league play. Juniors Mia Hogan and Stasie Litinsky led the team with 15 and 14 kills, respectively, while classmate Kaira Muraoka-Robertson dished out 38 assists and totaled 14 digs.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • The Cardinals easily controlled the first set as they jumped out to a 10-4 lead and never looked back. Later in the frame, a 7-0 run by the visitors extended their lead to 13 and shortly after, Hogan put the game away with a kill off an assist from Grace Rose '21 as they won, 25-12.
  • It was a different story in the second. Wesleyan took a 3-1 lead but the Bantams rallied and a kill from Colette Scheffers gave them a 5-4 advantage. Trinity would lead the rest of the way and pulled away late, as an error by the Cardinals gave the home team a 25-19 victory to even the match at one.
  • The third frame went back-and-forth often and a 3-0 run by the Bantams tied it at 21-21. However, Wesleyan rallied and scored four unanswered points to take the set and claim a 2-1 lead in the match.
  • The Cardinals controlled the fourth and final set as they jumped out to a 6-1 lead to set the tone early. Trinity got within four late in the frame, 19-15, but Wesleyan scored six of the final eight points to seal the victory. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Hogan and Litinsky were extremely efficient in the win, as Hogan hit .308 and Litinsky recorded a .387 attack clip. Defensively, Phia Bellizzi '21 led the way with 21 digs and Madeleine Lundberg '19 and Jenna Otaola '22 each recorded 10. Litinsky and Mia Jago '22 were a force at the net as they each finished with five blocks.
  • Trinity was led by Rachel Underwood who posted a match-high 17 kills. Jessica Yang finished with 37 assists and 15 digs, and Ali Odermann totaled 26 digs to lead all players. Colette Scheffers finished with 13 and Becky Chu tallied 12.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan is back in action tomorrow for a double-header at Amherst. The Cardinals will face their Little Three rival, the Mammoths, at 11 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. match against non-conference foe Endicott.