Volleyball Defeats WNE 3-1;Takes Down UMD on Senior Day

Volleyball Defeats WNE 3-1;Takes Down UMD on Senior Day

GAME ONE:

SCORE: Wheaton 3 - Western New England 1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-11, 25-22)

RECORDS: Wheaton (16-7) - Western New England (11-11)

LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium) 

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • Claire Cansler led Wheaton with a match-high 14 kills, while first-year Julia Palomba was one behind, finishing with 13. 
  • Palomba also finished with a match-high 14 digs to go with two assists, two aces, and a block assist. 
  • Becca Houghton collected a match-high 43 assists, which ties her season best. Houghton added another ace to her season total while coming up with eight digs and collecting five kills. 
  • Sophomore Nikita Selivan ended the contest with a match-high three blocks. 
  • Wheaton opened the first set on a 4-0 run and never relinquished control of the lead. 
  • The two sides tied the second set 11 times, but it was the Golden Bears who would come away with the win, breaking a 20-20 deadlock with a 5-2 run. 
  • Like they did in the opening set, the Lyons opened the third with a quick scoring string that set the tone. Wheaton never trailed in the third set, allowing the Golden Bears just 11 points. 
  • The fourth set was another back and forth battle, this time with Wheaton coming out victorious. With the contest tied at 22-22, the Lyons picked up with the win on kills by Selivan and Casey Dinga and a Golden Bear error. 

THE BASICS:

  • Attacking percentage: Wheaton .339 - Western New England .135
  • Service aces: Wheaton 8 - Western New England 8
  • Digs: Wheaton 59 - Western New England 52
  • Block solos: Wheaton 1 - Western New England 1
  • Block assists: Wheaton 8 - Western New England 2

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GAME TWO:

SCORE: Wheaton 3 - UMass.-Dartmouth 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-19)

RECORDS: Wheaton (17-7) - UMass.-Dartmouth (8-13)

LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • Dinga paced the Lyons with six kills, while Palomba and Allison Cox eached finished with five and Selivan, Cansler, and Houghton each knocked down four. 
  • Houghton collected 23 assists in the win, while Stephanie Martin had a team-high 13 digs. Houghton also collected a match-high five aces. 
  • Selivan and Cansler each finished with a match-high three blocks. 
  • Prior to the start of the contest, Wheaton head coach recognized Cox and Martin for their contributions to the program over the last four seasons. 
  • Wheaton started the first set slowly, falling behind 5-1, before running away with the contest 25-19. 
  • The Lyons took that momentum into the second set, where they never trailed en route to a 25-16 win. 
  • The third and final set was more competitive but Wheaton was able to put the contest away with a kill by Cansler and a UMD attacking error. 

THE BASICS:

  • Attacking percentage: Wheaton .163 - UMass.-Dartmouth .000
  • Service aces: Wheaton 8 - UMass.-Dartmouth 5
  • Digs: Wheaton 49 - UMass.-Dartmouth 34
  • Block solos: Wheaton 2 - UMass.-Dartmouth 0
  • Block assists: Wheaton 8 - UMass.-Dartmouth 0

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Tuesday, Oct. 17 with a 7 p.m. match at WPI. VIDEO / LIVE STATS