NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College women's volleyball team saw a one-set lead slip away during a 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 20-25, 19-25) loss to non-conference foe Colby-Sawyer College on Wednesday evening in Emerson Gymnasium. Now 2-3, the Lyons fell to the three-time defending Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament runner up. The Chargers improved to 2-0.
Sophomore Miranda Howitt (San Francisco, CA/International) notched a double-double of 14 kills and 16 digs to pace the Lyons, while junior Kaitlyn Stokes (Tewksbury, MA/Tewksbury Memorial) dropped nine kills. Senior Lauren Kraus (Westboro, MA/Westboro) added six, while freshman Olanna Nissim (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) filled up the stat sheet with six kills, 12 digs and three service aces.
Junior Becca Rose (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) provided 34 assists, while sophomore Emily Davisson (Carpinteria, CA/Laguna Blanca School) turned in 20 digs. Junior Kristen Hunt (Milford, CT/Jonathan Law) tacked on 18 digs, and sophomore Lauren McGrath (Wading River, NY/Shoreham-Wading River) notched three blocks.
For Colby-Sawyer, junior Michelle Doody (Franklin, MA/Franklin) totaled 21 kills, while classmate Stef Turner (Boxboro, MA/Acton-Boxboro Regional) turned in 11. Senior Genny Moore (Centerville, MA/Barnstable) contributed 43 assists, and classmate Mickey Lapan (Medway, MA/Medway) picked up 20 digs.
In the opening set, the teams played through 12 ties before the Lyons pulled out of the final deadlock, 19-19, behind a 6-1 run that Kraus keyed with three kills. Wheaton pushed out to a 4-0 lead in the second set before the Chargers responded with 10 of the next 11 points, with Doody notching three kills in that time. However, the hosts rallied behind the service of Nissim, using an 8-0 run to turn a five-point hole into a 20-17 lead. After a McGrath kill made it 22-20, the visitors reeled off the final five points, with a Doody kill ending the set.
Wheaton forged a 10-7 edge in the third set before five ties ensued. With the teams knotted at 16, Doody recorded six kills during a 7-2 run that gave the Chargers the lead for good. In the fourth set, the visitors broke a 2-2 tie with four straight points to go ahead to stay. The Lyons came within two before the visitors pulled away, clinching the win on a Doody kill.
The Blue and White is back in action this weekend at the two-day Garnet Classic at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. The Lyons open play on Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. match against Cabrini College of Pennsylvania.