MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Harper Graves recorded match-highs of 11 kills and 14 digs as the 16th-ranked Wesleyan University volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 win over Vassar College Friday night by scores of 25-13, 25-17, 25-12.
The win was the fourth-straight for the Cardinals in Silloway Gymnasium as they improved to 4-0. The Brewers, who were led by Colette Cambey's nine kills, dropped to 3-5 overall.
- Wesleyan came out strong to start the match and scored the first seven points. Vassar got within four, 14-10, but it was all Wesleyan the rest of the way as the Cardinals claimed the 25-13 victory.
- The second set went back-and-forth early and was tied at 7-7. A kill by Bella Ahearn put the home team ahead 8-7 and Wesleyan never looked back. Graves sealed the eight-point win with a kill off an assist from Kaira Muraoka-Robertson.
- It was a similar story early on in the third as the teams exchanged points and were tied 6-6. However, the Cardinals rallied with seven-straight points shortly after to go ahead 15-7. Back-to-back kills from Chloe Mauceri essentially put the match away as Wesleyan took a 20-9 lead and eventually won, 25-12.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan hit .282 as a team and received nine kills from Nicole Hilton, eight from Ahearn, and seven from Mauceri. Mauceri also led the team with a .556 hitting percentage and Muraoka-Robertson led the way with 24 assists. Defensively, Phia Bellizzi recorded 12 digs, Muraoka-Robertson and Jenna Otaola added 10, and Hilton was a force at net with seven blocks (four solo, three assists).
- Jennifer Kerbs added seven kills for Vassar and led the team with a .200 attack clip. Madison Wilson registered 12 digs and 10 assists, and Claire Bialek added 11 digs, while Sara Ehnstrom led the squad with 16 assists.
HEAD COACH BEN SOMERA:
- "Our defense continues to give our offense and attackers the opportunity to work the rally, mix up their shots, and efficiently manage points. Our serve and pass game has continued to hold solid, and we are in a good position to increase the intensity that we train those skills in our gym. We have two more matches tomorrow to try to put this all together again."
- Wesleyan returns to the court tomorrow and will play Western Connecticut State at 10 a.m. followed by Morrisville State at 2 p.m. Both matches are at Western Conn. State.