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Courting an Outright Little Three Title, Cards Come up Short vs. Amherst, 3-2, Still Share Crown

Lesley Faulkner '11

Having defeated Williams, 3-2, Oct. 9 during the NESCAC match which counts toward the Little Three title, Wesleyan needed a win over Amherst Sat., Oct. 17 at Trinity in another NESCAC match to claim its first outright Little Three crown since 1992. Wesleyan captured the first two sets vs. the Lord Jeffs, putting the Cardinals one set away from that elusive crown but an Amherst rally gave the Lord Jeffs the 3-2 decision. Set scores were 25-19, 25-20, 19-25, 18-25, 10-15.

Since Williams had already knocked off Amherst during their NESCAC match earlier in the season, for the second straight campaign, the Little Three title ended in a three-way tie as all the squads finished 1-1. Last year, the results were just the opposite as Wesleyan downed Amherst but fell to Williams while the Lord Jeffs downed the Ephs.

Against Amherst, the Cardinals got a team-high 12 kills from Lesley Faulkner '11 (#3, photo) while Alissa Santucci '12 chipped in with 11 and Casey Reed '12 added nine. Coming through with 41 assists was Ellie Healy '10. Continuing to dominate up front was Laura Volgenau '13 as she logged her second straight match with six blocks. Digs leader Ruby Hernandez '11 chalked up 21 with Healy contributing 14 and Reed and Santucci each supporting the cause with 13. Reed's three aces was a team high.

Wesleyan will be at home for its next match, facing R.I.C. Tues., Oct. 20.