MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The 24th-ranked Wesleyan volleyball team won its eighth-straight match on Thursday night as it cruised to a 3-0 victory over in-state NESCAC rival Trinity by scores of 25-13, 25-15, and 25-13.
Nicole Hilton led all players with 13 kills and a .524 hitting percentage as the Cardinals improved to 16-2 overall and 7-1 in league play. Trinity was led by Colette Scheffers with nine kills as the Bantams dropped to 7-11 and 0-7.
"Our serving gave us an opportunity to dig a lot of balls tonight and we did a nice job of turning our defensive effort into offensive rhythm," said Head Coach Ben Somera.
- After some back-and-forth action early in the first set, Wesleyan pulled away with a 10-1 run to go-ahead 21-9. The Cardinals would close out the frame with three-straight kills, one from Stasie Litinsky and two from Hilton.
- The momentum remained in Wesleyan's favor early in the second as the home team opened on an 11-4 run and never looked back. Trinity got within five, 16-11, following a kill from Ally Conde, but it proved to be the closest the visitors would get the rest of the way. The Cardinals closed out the set on a 4-0 run.
- The Bantams scored the first set of the third but Wesleyan rallied with four-straight points and led the rest of the way. Ahead 18-12, another 4-0 run by the home team saw its lead stretch to 10 before the Cardinals closed out the frame with three-consecutive points.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Bella Ahearn added seven kills for the Cardinals, while Mia Hogan and Maddie Kurke each totaled five. Hogan did not commit an error on 10 attempts and Wesleyan as a team recorded a .286 attack clip. Kaira Muraoka-Robertson dished out a match-high 36 assists and Phia Bellizzi led the defense with a match-high 12 digs.
- Conde recorded eight kills and a team-high .375 hitting percentage for the Bantams while Jessica Yang registered 11 assists and Paola Matos totaled 11 digs.
- Wesleyan is back in action tomorrow for a rematch of the 2018 NCAA Elite Eight matchup as the Cardinals host No. 14 Juniata. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.