Wesleyan overcame a one-set deficit to rally for a 3-1 win over Clark in a match played at Wesleyan as part of the Trinity College Invitational Sat., Sept. 14. While Wesleyan now leads the overall series, 18-7, it was just the second match between the teams since 2003 as Clark won the last meeting in 2011, 3-1. The match score was 21-25, 25-20, 25-21 and 26-24.
Wesleyan got 43 of its 67 kills in the match from Kim Farris '14 (#2, right side photo) (22) and Kate Centofanti '14 (21). While Wesleyan had 67 kills to Clark's 39, the Cardinals also committed 26 hitting errors to just 11 by the Cougars. The final set came down to a pair of Wesleyan kills after Clark came back from an early 7-1 deficit to forge a 24-24 tie. Abby Southam '16 gave Wesleyan a 25-24 lead and Farris notched the match-clinching kill for the 26-24 win in the final set. Cardinal setter Claire Larson '15 (#13, left side photo) had 59 assists in the victory while libero Rachel Savage '17 racked up 24 digs.
Closing out the tournament against Worcester St. the same day, Wesleyan had little difficulty subduing the Lancers, 3-0. It was the first-ever meeting of the team teams.
After coming away a 25-17 winner in the first set, Wesleyan ran off 12 straight points in the second set to turn a 7-7 tie into a 19-7 lead, en route to a 25-14 win. Wesleyan also captured the final set, 25-17. Farris had a tremendous hitting match with 20 kills and just one error with a .487 hitting percentage. Larson tossed up 37 assists and added 13 digs, second on the squad behind Savage with 16.
Next up for the team was a trip to Conn. College for the initial NESCAC match of the season Fri., Sept. 20, followed by a visit to Tufts to take on the Jumbos in conference play as well as Roger Williams. Wesleyan battled Conn to the wire in a 3-1 setback, scoring at least 18 points in each set while capturing the second, 28-26. Conn three wins were 25-20, 25-21 and 25-18. At Tufts, all three sets vs. the Jumbos were tight as Tufts won, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22. After dropping the opeing set to undefeated Roger Williams, 25-14, the Cardinals again battled to the final point in dropping 25-21 and 25-23 sets.
Farris again hit soundly, averaging 4.2 kills per set over the three matches with a .282 efficiency. She added 1.1 digs and 0.8 aces as well. Against Tufts, Larson was particularly strong , averaging 11.7 assists during the match.
Up next for the Cardinals is a home match with Western Conn., Wed., Sept. 25 with a webcast scheduled for the affair.