Wheaton falls in three at regionally-ranked Wellesley

Wheaton falls in three at regionally-ranked Wellesley

WELLESLEY, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's volleyball team fell to regionally-ranked and New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Wellesley College on Tuesday night, as the Lyons suffered a 3-0 (18-25, 12-25, 18-25) setback in the Keohane Sports Center.

Falling for the fifth straight time, Wheaton is now 8-11 overall and 2-3 in the conference.  Winners in nine of its last 10 matches, Wellesley, which is ranked 12th in the region by the New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA), improves to 9-3 and 5-0.

Freshman Jackie Jones (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) was the lone Lyon to reach double figures in kills with 11, while senior Becca Rose (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) finished with 17 assists and five digs.

Senior Kristen Hunt (Milford, Conn./Jonathan Law) contributed 13 digs and two service aces, and sophomore Olanna Nissim (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) added two aces.

For Wellesley, sophomores Elizabeth Campbell (Solana Beach, Calif./Torrey Pines) and Taylor King (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) recorded 11 and nine kills, respectively, while classmate Isabel Custodio (Powell, Ohio/Columbus Bishop Watterson) turned in team highs of 13 assists, eight digs and four blocks to go alongside her seven kills.

The hosts jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the opening set, but the Lyons battled back with a run of their own in narrowing the gap to 19-16.  That's as close as Wheaton would get, as Wellesley grabbed six of the final eight points for the seven-point win.

Set two went in favor of the Blue from the outset, as the hosts broke away early and built a 15-6 advantage.  In the final set, Wheaton and Wellesley were knotted at 12, but the hosts used a seven-point run to pull away for good, as the Lyons came no closer than 20-16.

Wheaton remains on the road this Saturday for a tri-match at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.  The Lyons play the hosts at 12:00 p.m. followed by Kean University of New Jersey at 3:00 p.m.  UMass-Boston is receiving votes in the most recent American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) national poll while ranking second in New England.