Wesleyan continued its mastery of Rhode Island College on the volleyball court as the Cardinals won for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings and for the ninth time by a 3-0 count. Wesleyan holds a 17-8 overall lead in the series that started in 1985, Wesleyan's second varsity season, and the teams split the opening 14 matches before Wesleyan began its current streak in 2000 with 10 wins this century.
Wesleyan stared strong in the opening set tonight, moving ahead 3-0, but RIC recovered to forge a 6-6 tie, then pull into the lead for the middle portion of the set, holding as much as a four-point edge at 12-8. Wesleyan rallied to tie at 18-18 and outscored RIC, 7-2, down the stretch to claim the opening frame, 25-20. In set two, RIC assumed early control with a 4-0 lead but the Cardinals caught the Anchorwomen and took their first lead of the set, 7-6. Wesleyan extended the margin to as much as six at 18-12 and held that margin just about to the final whistle at 25-19. The third set became all Wesleyan after the Cardinals broke a 4-4 tie with six consecutive points for a 10-4 lead. The advantage grew to 11 at 18-7. Though RIC got as close as seven at 19-12, Wesleyan used a 6-2 run at the end to close out the match with a 25-14 decision.
Statistically, Wesleyan got 12 kills and nine digs from Casey Reed '12 (#6, hitting in photo) while Alissa Santucci '12 generated eight kills. Ellie Healy '10 tossed up 33 assists and libero Ruby Hernandez '11 was on the end of 21 digs. Up front, Laura Volgenau '13 (#8 in photo) led the way with five blocks.
Wesleyan headed to Western Conn. Fri., Oct 23 for the first of three matches in the WestConn Classic, facing Babson for the first time in history. Wesleyan made it memorable with a 3-0 decision. Wesleyan held the lead throughout the opening two sets en route to 25-18 and 25-14 wins. The Cards had to play catch-up in the third set but scored the last five points to pull out a 25-23 victory. Reed and Santucci led a balanced attack with nine kills apiece while Hernandez had 20 digs and Healy amassed 32 assists. Volgenau had a team-high three blocks including the final point of the match. On Sat., Oct. 24, Wesleyan takes on Vassar and Western Conn. to close out the tournament.