Score: Wesleyan 3, Endicott 1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-18)
Records: Wesleyan (10-5); Endicott (14-10)
Event: 2016 Wellesley Volleyball Invitational
Location: Beverly, Mass. (MacDonald Gymnasium)
Date: Friday, October 14th
Time: 5 p.m.
The Lead: Trailing 1-0 on the road, the Wesleyan University women's volleyball team rallied to claim three consecutive sets en route to a non-conference win over Endicott College Friday night, 3-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The first set went back-and-forth often and a kill from Madeleine Lundberg '19 evened the score at 14-14. However, Endicott scored three straight and never trailed the rest of the way en route to a 25-21 win.
- Wesleyan evened the match at 1-1 with a second set win. Ahead 22-21, Stasie Litinsky '20 recorded a kill before an Endicott error put the Cardinals ahead, 24-21. Tori McIntyre got the Gulls within two, but Sarah Swenson '18 put the match away with a kill off an assist from Kelsey Tam '19.
- The Cardinals jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set and never looked back. They led by as much as 10, 18-8, and held on for a 25-16 win.
- The fourth and final set was much of the same as Wesleyan scored the first five points and later pulled ahead by 10. Endicott did rally late, however, but the deficit proved to be too much to overcome. Trailing 21-12 they got within four, 22-18, but the Cardinals scored three straight points to seal the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan recorded 15 total kills in the second set to sway the momentum in its favor.
- The Cardinals hit .202 compared to Endicott's .109 attack mark, and were a force at net with 10 total blocks (16 assists; 2 solo).
- Litinsky led Wesleyan with 11 kills and a .318 hitting percentage, while classmates Nicole Hilton and Gabby Bennett finished with eight and seven kills, respectively. Hilton led all Cardinals with a .353 hitting percentage, while Bennett finished with five blocks. Kaira Muraoka-Robertson '20 dished out 21 assists and Olivia Guidotti '20 recorded 20 digs.
- Endicott was led by Lauren Sheehan with nine kills and McIntyre with eight. Three others finished with six, while Mareena Clotfelter and Zoey Gifford finished with 20 and 14 assists, respectively. Three Gulls finished with double-digit digs and were led by Erika Trudon's 18.
- The Cardinals return to action early tomorrow morning for a 9 a.m. match against Ithaca followed by a scheduled 11 a.m. match against Wellesley.
- Endicott will face off against Wellesley at 9 a.m. tomorrow and will play Ithaca shortly after.