Facing Wentworth Institute and Rivier on the latter's home court Sat., Sept. 25, in first-ever meetings, the Cardinals disposed of Wentworth in three sets before downing Rivier in four sets. Wesleyan took on traditional out-of-conference foe Western Connecticut in its next match Wed., Sept. 29 in Danbury. Unlike first-timers Wentworth and Rivier, the Cardinals and Colonials locked horns for the 37th time since Wesleyan went varsity in 1984.
Against Wentworth, Wesleyan fashioned an impressive .406 hitting percentage, making just four hitting errors over the three sets. Casey Reed '12 posted 14 kills as she continues to lead the squad in that department. Wesleyan also served with proficiency, gathering 20 aces with Kim Farris '14 (#2, main photo) pacing the effort with six aces. Setter Laura Yim '13 and Alissa Santucci '12 each chipped in with four. Farris and Laura Volgenau '13 (#8, photo insert lower left) had a pair of blocks apiece. Set scores in the match were 25-9, 25-19, 25-15.
Volgenau doubled her block output in the battle with Rivier with four as the match went Wesleyan's way, 25-15, 25-23, 19-25, 25-21. Farris had six of the Cardinals' 15 aces in the match while Ruby Hernandez '11 had five. In the kills area, Reed added 17 to her season totals while Lesley Faulkner '11 was good for 10 kills. Yim had 35 assists and Hernandez racked up 21 digs.
At Western Connecticut, the Cardinals outpointed their host in a four-set match, 93-91, but Western captured a 3-1 decision (23-25, 22-25, 25-16, 23-25). As the scores indicate, in the three sets the Cardinals came up short, the Colonials used a strong finish to get the victory. Wesleyan trailed 21-20 in the opener only to see Western take four of the final seven points. The Cardinals held a 22-21 edge in set two but a 4-0 Western run gave the host a 2-0 lead. Wesleyan ran away for a comfortable triumph in the third set, leading 9-3 early and never letting the margin fall below five points. The fourth set again found the Colonials pulling away in the clutch, breaking a 20-20 tie for the win. Wesleyan got 17 kills from Reed, 25 digs from Hernandez, 36 assists from Yim and five blocks from Farris. Faulkner added 14 kills.
The Cardinals open the home NESCAC schedule Fri, Oct. 1, in their next outing, hosting Bowdoin in a match slated for a webcast at 6 p.m. To watch the broadcast, please click < here >. The weekend finishes up Sat., Oct. 2 with a match vs. Tufts.