-- By Dom Vazquez '19 --
PROVIDENCE, R.I.– The Wesleyan University volleyball team kept its winning streak alive Friday night with an impressive 3-0 sweep of Roger Williams at the Johnson and Wales Invitational in the Wildcat Center.
The Cardinals won by scores of 25-17, 25-22, and 25-10 while improving to 6-1 overall with a six-match winning streak. The Hawks are now 7-5 overall.
- The first set went back-and-forth between the Cardinals and the Hawks as each team tried to establish their respective games. Trailing 5-1, the Hawks went on an 8-5 run to bring the set to its closest point at 10-9. Wesleyan then outscored Roger Williams 15-8 to finish the set, with a kill by Stasie Litinsky '20 sealing the victory.
- The second set was also highly competitive with neither team ever leading by more than five points. Despite being down 6-8 early, the Cardinals went on a 7-2 run kicked off by two kills from Maddie Kurke '22. Though the Hawks rallied with a 4-0 run late, Wesleyan never again fell behind in the set, with Litinsky again registering the winning kill.
- The third and final set was all Wesleyan as it scored 11 of the first 15 points and then proceeded to mount a 10-3 run to put the Hawks down by 14 points. Mia Hogan '20 registered the match-winning kill to put the Hawks away.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Litinsky led the Cardinals in kills with 11, while Kurke totaled eight. Hogan and Madeleine Lundberg '19 added six kills each to round out Wesleyan's top four scorers.
- Grace Rose '21 led the Cardinals with 17 assists while Kaira Muraoka-Robertson '20 registered 16 of her own in another impressive showing.
- Defensively, Phia Bellizzi '21 led the Cardinals in digs with 15, though Jenna Otaola '22 was close behind with 14 of her own.
- Offensively, the Hawks were led by Lara Loiacono and Katie Nugent who registered nine and five kills, respectively. Defensively, Kate Grabowski led the Hawks in digs with 16 followed closely by Nicki Fallisi with 13.
- The Cardinals will finish the Johnson and Wales Invitational on Saturday with a 1 p.m. game against Scranton.