Volleyball Opens Wheaton Invitational With Two Shutouts

Volleyball Opens Wheaton Invitational With Two Shutouts

GAME ONE:

SCORE: Wheaton 3 - Worcester State 0 (25-17, 25-18, 26-24)

RECORDS: Wheaton (4-1) - WSU (1-3)

LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The Wheaton College volleyball team returned to Emerson Gymnasium for the first time in 2018 in dominating fashion, earning a 3-0 win over Worcester State in the opening game of the Wheaton Invitational. 
  • The Lyons were led by 13 kills and a .370 attacking percentage from Claire Cansler, who also finished with an ace and a dig. Nikita Selivan put down 11 kills in the win, while first-year Adara Hamilton finished with eight and both Julia Palomba and Casey Dinga contributed six. 
  • Becca Houghton dished out 36 assists, taking her career total to 1789, which officially moves her into sixth all-time in the Wheaton record book, overtaking Wheaton standout Deirdre Wilson (2012-2015). 
  • Worcester State was led by Amari King who finished with 11 kills, while Allie Nolan dished out 26 assists. 
  • Wheaton never trailed in the opening set, taking its biggest lead at 17-10 after putting together a 10-2 run that was led by monster attacks from Selivan and Hamilton. The Lancers were able to cut the deficit to four points down the stretch but would never get any closer with the Lyons taking the set 25-17.  
  • The second set opened as a back and forth battle with 10 ties and a handful of lead changes. With the set tied at 12-12, Cansler handed Wheaton the lead with a kill, which was promptly followed by two more Cansler kills, an ace for the captain, and a Palomba kill. The Lyons maintained control of the lead the rest of the way.
  • The Lancers responded in the third set with a quick 4-1 lead, which would result in the Lyons trailing nearly the entire set. Wheaton managed to tie the set several times in the later part of the game, but would not take the lead until a well-placed serve from Palomba caught Natalie Gillis out of position. The Lancers would not give up without a fight, tying the contest at 24-24, but the Lyons would have enough left in the tank, with Selivan handing Wheaton the lead back at 25-24 before a Cat MacGregor ace ended the match. 

THE BASICS:

  • Attacking percentage: Wheaton .287 - WSU .134
  • Service aces: Wheaton 8 - WSU 1
  • Digs: Wheaton 61 - WSU 53
  • Block solos: Wheaton 2 - WSU 0
  • Block assists: Wheaton 0 - WSU 8

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GAME TWO:

SCORE: Wheaton 3 - Farmingdale State 0 (25-7, 25-15, 25-13)

RECORDS: Wheaton (5-1) - FSU (1-6)

LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The Lyons capped off day the first day of the Wheaton Invite with a 3-0 win over Farmingdale State with each every player but one taking the court. The shutout is the Lyons third straight and fourth of the season. 
  • Palomba knocking down a game-high 13 kills in the victory, while Houghton added another 29 assists to her career total. 
  • Kate Flamio led the Rams in kills, while Angie Yarrow led the team in assists. 
  • Wheaton road strong serving from Selivan, Hamilton, Cansler, and Houghton to take the opening set from Farmingdale.
  • The second set saw the Lyons finish with their second best-attacking percentage of the season (.474) with 12 of the teams 19 attempts falling. The set opened with the two sides trading points before a service error broke an 8-8 deadlock and sparked a 6-0 Wheaton run. The Lyons would hold onto the lead the rest of the way, closing out the match 25-15. 
  • Like the second set, Wheaton and Farmingdale once again traded points at the start of the third, but a Ram attacking error would give the Lyons enough momentum to take the lead and the match victory. 

THE BASICS:

  • Attacking percentage: Wheaton .397 - FSU -.127 
  • Service aces: Wheaton 17 - FSU 5
  • Digs: Wheaton 31 - FSU 21
  • Block solos: Wheaton 0 - FSU 1
  • Block assists: Wheaton 2 - FSU 0

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to Emerson Gymnasium for day two of the Wheaton Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 8. The Lyons will face Bates and Middlebury.