SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Trailing 1-0 (25-19), the Wesleyan University volleyball team found itself in an unfamiliar position this year but rallied with three consecutive wins (28-26, 25-12, 25-20) to defeat Union College Friday night on the road.
The Cardinals increase their win streak to six and are now 14-1 overall, while the Dutchmen fall to 10-13 following the loss.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Though Wesleyan began the first set with a three-point lead, the Dutchmen bounced back quickly and tied the Cardinals at 14-14. After some back-and-forth action, Union eventually sealed the win with a kill from Lara Atalay followed by two Wesleyan errors.
- The second set was a battle with neither team unable to pull away. The Cardinals took a three-point lead (17-14) following a kill from Nicole Hilton '20, but the Dutchmen responded and eventually pulled ahead, 21-20. The game went back-and-forth down the stretch, but two consecutive errors from the home team gave Wesleyan the 28-26 win to even the match at 1-1.
- Though Union scored first, Wesleyan came into the third set with a vengeance, rattling off seven-consecutive points that went unanswered by the Dutchmen. The streak featured two kills from Harper Graves '21 and one each from Hilton and Stasie Litinsky '20. From there, the Cardinals never looked back, and led by as much as 15. The final kill by Wesleyan was scored by Gabby Bennett '20 off an assist from Kaira Muraoka-Robertson '20.
- In the fourth and final game, the Cardinals never trailed and a kill from Litinsky off an assist from Robertson sealed the set and the match for the Cardinals.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Litinsky led the team with 13 kills, while Graves finished with 12 and a .312 hitting percentage. She also added nine digs.
- Robertson had an impressive game, as she totaled 36 assists, 12 digs, and three service aces, and Phia Bellizzi '21 led the team in digs with 25.
- For the Dutchmen, Gillian Gore recorded a match-high 15 kills, while Sage Shimamoto led all players with 43 assists. Brianne Hallock posted a match-high 26 digs, and Stephanie Libonati recorded four block assists and one solo.
- This Saturday, October 7th, the Cardinals face off against NESCAC opponent Middlebury (2 p.m.) at the Pepin Gymnasium in Middlebury, Vt.