MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan volleyball team (11-2, 6-0) snapped Middlebury's seven-match win streak en route to a four-set win (25,22, 25-19, 25-27, 25-18) on Saturday. The win was the Cardinal's third-straight victory over the Panthers (10-3, 4-2), as they remain undefeated in NESCAC play.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- With the opening set tied at 8-8, Wesleyan put together a 9-2 run, highlighted by three kills from Madeleine Lundberg, for a 17-10 lead.
- Middlebury clawed its way back to within two (23-21) on a kill by Sarah Staver, but the Cardinals tallied two of the last three points for the set victory.
- Wesleyan jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the second set, including a pair of kills by Mia Hogan.
- The Panthers chipped away at the deficit, cutting it to 9-7 on a Wesleyan ball-handling error.
- Wesleyan tallied eight of the next 10 points, grabbing a 17-9 advantage on a Panther attacking error. The Panthers recorded the next four points to pull within four (17-13).
- The Cardinals answered with five-straight tallies, highlighted by three kills from Hogan, and gained a two-set advantage.
- In a back-and-forth third set, Middlebury had a set point at 24-20 on a kill from Staver. The Cardinals tallied the next four points to knot the set at 24-24. After the teams traded the ensuing two points, kills from Corley Doyle and Isabel Sessions pulled the Panthers to within a set.
- With the final set deadlocked at 8-8, the Cardinals posted the next five points for a 13-8 advantage. Middlebury moved back to within a pair at 18-16 on a kill from Doyle, but Wesleyan strung together six-straight points and claimed the set and the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan was paced by Hogan and Stasie Litinsky with 16 kills apiece. Kaira Muraoka-Robertson recorded 34 assists for the Cardinals, while Phia Bellizzi dug up a match-best 29 balls. Lundberg and Mia Jago each had five total blocks for the hosts.
- Sessions led Middlebury attack with 17 kills to go along with 12 digs, while Staver had 12 kills and Maggie Wise chipped in with 11. Chellsa Ferdinand dished out 43 assists and tallied 18 digs, while Gigi Alper also had 18 digs. Doyle led the Panthers with five total blocks.
- The Cardinals will host Colby this Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. and Bates on Saturday at 2 p.m.