AMHERST, Mass. – The Wesleyan University volleyball team won its second consecutive Little Three Championship today following a 3-0 sweep over archrival Amherst College on the road. The Cardinals (10-2) remain perfect in NESCAC play with a 5-0 mark. Shortly after, they saw their 10-match win streak come to an end as they fell to non-conference foe Endicott College, 3-1.
With Wesleyan's win over Williams earlier this year, 3-1, the Cardinals claim the Little Three title for the second year in a row and third all-time.
AMHERST MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Cardinals won their first match of the day over Amherst by scores of 25-20, 26-24, 25-13.
- Wesleyan was led by first-year Maddie Kurke who was extremely efficient as she had a team-high 10 kills with a .529 hitting percentage. Mia Hogan '20 finished with nine kills and a .400 attack clip, and Madeleine Lundberg '19 finished with eight kills and 11 digs.
- Kaira Muraoka-Robertson '20 and Grace Rose '21 finished with 18 and 17 assists, respectively, and Phia Bellizzi '21 led the team with 15 digs. Jenna Otaola '22 added 11.
- Wesleyan scored seven consecutive points early in the first set to take an 11-4 lead. Amherst closed the gap to two, 19-17, but the Cardinals rallied by outscoring the Mammoths 6-3 down the stretch.
- Both teams exchanged points often in the second frame as it went back-and-forth from the beginning. Wesleyan led 24-21 but three straight points by the home team tied it up. The Cardinals remained resilient, however, and a kill by Nicole Hilton '20 followed by an Amherst error led to a 26-24 win.
- It was all Wesleyan in the third as the Cardinals jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back. They recorded 15 kills and just one error for a .368 hitting percentage.
ENDICOTT MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan dropped its second match of the day to the Gulls by scores of 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19.
- Stasie Litinsky '20 led the team with 13 kills and Gabby Roberts '22 added eight without committing an error as she posted a .421 hitting percentage. Rose dished out 25 assists and Muraoka-Robertson finished with 13. Bellizzi led all Cardinals with 29 digs, Lundberg added 20, and Olivia Guidotti '20 and Rose finished with 10 each.
- It was all Endicott in the first set as they cruised to a 10-point victory.
- The second frame went back-and-forth often until a 5-0 run by the Gulls gave them a 21-14 lead to essentially put the set away.
- Wesleyan jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the third and pulled ahead, 20-13. Endicott scored eight of the next nine points to even the score at 21-21, but the Cardinals closed it out with four straight points en route to the victory.
- In the fourth and final frame, Endicott took an early 3-0 advantage and never looked back. The Gulls went ahead 22-12 to essentially seal the victory, despite a valiant comeback attempt by Wesleyan in which it scored seven of the last 10 points.
- The Cardinals return to action Saturday, Oct. 6 for a NESCAC home contest against Middlebury. The match is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.