MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – For the second time this season, the Wesleyan volleyball team cruised past the defending NESCAC Champions, Bowdoin, as the 15th-ranked Cardinals won 3-0 by scores of 25-21, 25-12, 25-17 on Friday night in Silloway Gymnasium.
Tonight's match counted towards the NESCAC standings as Wesleyan improved to 7-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play as Harper Graves led all players with 12 kills including 10 digs. The Polar Bears were led by Ashley Williams' eight kills as they dropped to 3-5 and 0-1.
- Neither team played very efficiently in the first set as Wesleyan totaled 12 kills with an uncharacteristic six errors, and Bowdoin registered 11 kills and eight errors. The set went back-and-forth often until Wesleyan used a 7-2 run to pull ahead, 17-11. Down the stretch, the Polar Bears scored 6-of-7 points to get within three, but a service error by the visitors sealed the 25-21 win for the Cardinals.
- It was all Wesleyan in the second set. The Cardinals scored the first point and never trailed, and they scored the final eight points for a decisive 25-12 victory.
- Much like the second, Wesleyan scored the first two points and never looked back. After a kill from Graves put the home team ahead 20-11, Bowdoin went on a 4-0 run to cut the deficit to five, but it wasn't enough as Wesleyan claimed the win by eight points.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Nicole Hilton added eight kills for the Cardinals while Gabby Bennett and Mia Hogan each totaled seven. Grace Dennis dished out a match-high 27 assists and Phia Bellizzi led the team with 14 digs. Hilton also recorded three block assists while Stasie Litinsky totaled four (two solo, two assisted).
- Bowdoin's offense went through Ella Haugen who dished out 13 assists and Emily King led the defense with 18 digs. Cori Gray totaled a team-high four blocks (one solo, three assisted).
- The Cardinals return to the court tomorrow to host NESCAC rival Tufts at 2 p.m.