Volleyball Splits Opening Day of the JWU Invitational

Photo by Keith Nordstrom
Photo by Keith Nordstrom

GAME ONE:

SCORE: Wheaton 3 – Bridgewater St. (25-17, 25-21, 25-19)

RECORDS: Wheaton (5-0, 0-0 NEWMAC) – Bridgewater St. (1-4)

LOCATION: Providence, R.I. (Wildcat Center) 

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • Claire Cansler paced the way for Wheaton with a match-high seven kills, while Cathryn MacGregor knocked down five and both Allison Cox and Casey Dinga ended the match with four.
  • Becca Houghton finished with 19 assists and first-year Maggie Shafer collected a match-high 11 digs.
  • Julia Palomba and Houghton each ended with two aces, while MacGregor, Cox, and Shafer finished with one each.
  • Wheaton opened the first set with three straight points with kills from Cansler and Cox. The Lyons only relinquished control of the lead once in opening set.
  • After falling behind early in the second set, Wheaton captured the lead for good on a kill from sophomore Nikita Selivan.
  • Bridgewater St. captured the first point of the third set, but strong serving from Houghton helped Wheaton take the advantage, which they would not let go of.  

THE BASICS:

  • Attacking percentage: Wheaton .116 - Bridgewater St. -.055
  • Service aces: Wheaton 7 - Bridgewater St. 2
  • Digs: Wheaton 26 - Bridgewater St. 32
  • Block solos: Wheaton 0 - Bridgewater St. 0
  • Block assists: Wheaton 10 - Bridgewater St. 2

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GAME TWO:

SCORE: Wheaton 0 – Wesleyan (Conn.) 3 (16-25, 16-25, 11-25)

RECORDS: Wheaton (5-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) - Wesleyan (Conn.) (1-0)

LOCATION: Providence, R.I. (Wildcat Center)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • Cansler once again led Wheaton with seven kills, while Houghton, Palomba, and MacGregor each finished with four kills for the Lyons.
  • Houghton collected 19 assists, while Palomba picked up 12 digs and senior Stephanie Martin ended the contest with 11.
  • The opening set began as a back and forth with Cansler tying the contest at 4-4 with a kill on a Selivan serve. Wesleyan (Conn.) collected the lead for good moments later on a Wheaton error.
  • Wheaton held the lead for a while in the second set, but Wesleyan (Conn.) once again found a way to break a deadlocked score (11-11) and capture the lead for good.
  • A Wesleyan (Conn.) error started the third set, handing the Lyons their only lead.

THE BASICS:

  • Attacking percentage: Wheaton .085 - Wesleyan (Conn.) .316
  • Service aces: Wheaton 2 - Wesleyan (Conn.) 6
  • Digs: Wheaton 42 - Wesleyan (Conn.) 55
  • Block solos: Wheaton 0 - Wesleyan (Conn.) 2
  • Block assists: Wheaton 0 - Wesleyan (Conn.) 4

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to action in the Johnson & Wales (R.I.) Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 9 with a 10 a.m. match against Gordon and a 2 p.m. contest against the hosts.