NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's volleyball team closed out its regular season home slate on Thursday with a 3-2 (17-25, 25-18, 15-25, 25-18, 10-15) loss to non-conference foe Emmanuel College on Senior Night in Emerson Gymnasium.
Winners in eight of their nine series meetings against the Saints prior to tonight's action, the Lyons fell to 10-19 on the season, while Emmanuel extended its winning streak to six matches to improve to 15-13.
Sophomore Christina Cannon (Milford, N.H./Milford) led Wheaton's hitters with 13 kills, while freshman Lindsay Tebbetts (Gilmanton, N.H./Gilford) added nine. Senior Kristen Hunt (Milford, Conn./Jonathan Law) totaled 33 assists and 24 digs.
Junior Emily Davisson (Carpinteria, Calif./Laguna Blanca School) turned in a match-high 26 digs, while sophomore Olanna Nissim (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) had nine. Senior Kaitlyn Stokes (Tewksbury, Mass./Tewksbury Memorial) and sophomore Rachel Vergara (Needham, Mass./Needham) recorded five blocks each, with Vergara adding eight digs.
Emmanuel juniors Jenna Ross (Centerburg, Ohio/Centerburg) and Rebecca Stanton (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) accounted for 15 kills apiece, while classmate Kathryne Olsen (Fairhaven, Mass./Fairhaven) had 44 assists and 18 digs. Sophomore Samantha Andazola (Queen Creek, Ariz./Mountain View) and senior Megan Clary (Cumberland, R.I./Mount Saint Charles) finished with 24 and 17 digs, respectively.
Wheaton held a narrow 13-12 edge in the opening set, but the visitors answered with six straight points en route to the eight-point win. The Lyons trailed 13-12 in the second set before going on a run of their own, using a 10-2 spurt to lead 22-15 and eventually tie the match.
In the third set, the hosts didn't recover after a slow start, as the Saints jumped out to an 11-3 advantage. Wheaton would get no closer than five points at 13-8 before Emmanuel went on a 9-2 run and didn't look back.
The Lyons began the fourth contest with a 10-4 lead and maintained at least a four-point edge the rest of the way to force the final set. Wheaton knotted the fifth set at nine after trailing 8-6, but the Saints scored six of the last seven points to clinch the win.
The Lyons play their final match of the season on Saturday at New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) unbeaten Springfield College at 1:00 p.m. The Pride is receiving votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) national poll.