MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Mia Jago recorded eight kills on 10 attempts, without committing an error, as the 20th-ranked Wesleyan volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 win over Connecticut College Thursday night in Silloway Gymnasium by scores of 25-14, 25-14, 25-13.
With the win, the Cardinals improved to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in the NESCAC, while the Camels dropped to 4-6 and 0-3.
"Our defense and serve receive looked good tonight but I wish that had translated into in-rhythm offense and a more potent transition attacking game," said Wesleyan head coach Ben Somera. "I thought we served aggressively and it's good to build some momentum heading into the weekend."
- Conn. College scored the first point in the first set but Wesleyan rallied with a 9-2 run and never looked back. The Cardinals extended the lead to 22-9 following an 11-2 stretch before a kill from Bella Ahearn sealed the win.
- The Camels took a 3-1 lead to start the second but Wesleyan tied it up at 7-7. Shortly after, the Cardinals scored six unanswered points to pull ahead and eventually claimed a 21-10 advantage to essentially put the set away.
- Conn. College once again took an early lead as it went up 4-2 in the third set and was tied at 10-10 before the Cardinals pulled away. Wesleyan scored the final eight points and finished the match on a 15-3 run with Jago sealing the victory with her eighth kill.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Jago recorded a .800 hitting percentage to raise her season total to .431, which currently leads the NESCAC, while Gabby Bennett sits third in the league with a .387 mark after recording five kills on 10 attempts and zero errors. Ahearn finished with six kills and Maddie Kurke totaled five. Kaira Muraoka-Robertson recorded a double-double with 17 assists and 11 digs, and Phia Bellizzi led the defense with 17 digs.
- Avery Light led Conn. College with five kills while Katie Howley and Katie Gunderman each totaled four. Grace McGee had a team-high nine assists and Elle Kass and Howley led the defense with 10 digs.
- Wesleyan is back in action this weekend for the River Hawk Invitational hosted by Susquehanna. The Cardinals are scheduled to face Susquehanna on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. and have a doubleheader on Saturday with Stevens at 1 p.m. and Hunter at 3 p.m.