Using a balanced attack behind the setting of Heidi Westerman '17, who had 27 assists, homestanding Wesleyan posted a 3-0 conference win over Trinity Fri., Sept. 25.
Wesleyan got eight kills from Madeleine Lundberg '19, seven from Sarah Swenson '18 and six each from Caroline Diemer '18 and Naja Lewis '17 to power to set victories of 25-23, 25-18 and 25-14. Trinity actually had three more total kills than Wesleyan (33-30) but was hurt by its .091 hitting efficiency vs. Wesleyan's solid .239 percentage. Wesleyan committed 15 fewer hitting errors and also had a five-point margin in serving with 11 aces against five errors while Trinity had seven aces along with six miscues. The Cardinals blocked well on the evening with nine team blocks while Trinity picked up four. Lundberg led the Cardinals in that department with four while Lewis and Sarah Small '18 had three apiece. The Cardinals' digs leader was Rachel Savage '17 with 13 while Abby Southam '16 contributed eight and Lundberg chipped in with seven.
In the first set, Trinity batted back from a 23-18 deficit to score five straight points to knot the count at 23-23. But kills from Lewis and Diemer ended the set in Wesleyan's favor. Wesleyan went on to close out the second set on an 8-1 run after the teams were tied, 17-17. The third set was Wesleyan's from the start as the Cardinals methodically pulled away with leads of 5-3, 8-4, 12-7, 17-11 and 22-12 before claiming the 11-point victory.
Wesleyan is now 45-24 all-time against its in-state NESCAC rival but needed today's win to end a seven-match losing streak vs. the Bantams, dating back to 2009. Three of those seven affairs went a full five sets.
Back in action Sat., Sept. 26, the Cards split a pair of close sets vs. Coast Guard before the Bears took control of the match by capturing the third and fourth sets by identical 25-11 counts to come away with a 3-1 victory.
Coast Guard came through with a 25-21 victory in the opening set, pulling away from a 20-20 tie with a 5-1 run to the finish. Wesleyan led by as many as seven points in the second set (20-13) and kept the Bears playing catch-up before wrapping up the 25-22 win on a kill by Diemer. Coast Guard ran away with the final two sets.
Diemer finished the match with 10 kills while Swenson paced the Cardinals with 11 kills. For the Cardinals, Westerman had 26 assists. Digs leaders for the Cards were Savage and Kelsey Tam '19 as both had nine. Wesleyan had only one team block to nine by the Bears.
Wesleyan returns to action at home Fri., Oct. 2 in conference play against Hamilton. The match will feature a webcast and LiveStats.