Kraus named all-tournament, Wheaton splits four matches at Swarthmore

SWARTHMORE, PA- The Wheaton College women's volleyball team went 2-2 against out-of-state teams over the weekend at Swarthmore College's Garnet Classic in Tarble Pavilion, as senior Lauren Kraus (Westboro, MA/Westboro) was named to the all-tournament team.

The Lyons, who moved to 4-5 on the season, began play on Saturday with losses by scores of 3-1 (23-25, 14-25, 25-20, 21-25) to Cabrini College of Pennsylvania and 3-2 (25-12, 22-25, 18-25, 25-22, 11-15) against Earlham College of Indiana. During Sunday's action, Wheaton downed Wesley College of Delaware, 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-17) before completing play with a 3-1 (24-26, 25-14, 25-18, 25-15) triumph over Albright College of Pennsylvania.

Against Cabrini, which finished as the runner up in the six-team tournament to host Swarthmore, the Lyons suffered a pair of narrow losses while taking one set. Kraus finished with 14 kills, sophomore Miranda Howitt (San Francisco, CA/International) added 10, and junior Kaitlyn Stokes (Tewksbury, MA/Tewksbury Memorial) had eight. Classmate Becca Rose (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) contributed 36 assists and 15 digs, while junior Kristen Hunt (Milford, CT/Jonathan Law) collected 21 digs. 

Wheaton rallied from a 2-1 deficit to force a fifth set against Earlham before falling. Howitt and Kraus each had 12 kills, Stokes turned in nine, while Rose notched 34 assists and five aces. Howitt and sophomore Emily Davisson (Carpinteria, CA/Laguna Blanca School) dropped four aces apiece, Hunt turned in 25 digs, and Davisson recorded 10. 

The Lyons broke into the win column with a quick sweep of Wesley. Howitt tallied 14 kills, six digs and four aces, while Kraus provided seven kills and five blocks. Rose handed out 29 assists, and Hunt added nine digs. As a team, Wheaton hit .470 for the match, the fifth-highest percentage in program history, and the team's best since a November 1997 competition. 

Against Albright, Wheaton narrowly lost the first set before closing out the win with a trio of easy victories. Kraus and Howitt totaled 16 and 15 kills, respectively, and Rose dished off 36 assists. The Lyons also found service success, as Davisson and Kraus totaled four aces apiece, while Hunt, Rose and freshman Olanna Nissim (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) had a trio each. Defensively, Hunt notched 24 digs, Rose added 16, and Davisson collected 11. 

Wheaton returns to action on Tuesday with its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener at defending league tournament champion Springfield College at 7:00 p.m. The Pride received votes in last week's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) national poll.

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