SUSPENDED SCORE on 9/18: Wheaton 2 - Wellesley 0 (25-15, 25-23, 19-16)
FINAL SCORE: Wheaton 3 - Wellesley 0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-20)
RECORDS: Wheaton (19-3, 5-2 NEWMAC) - Wellesley (13-3, 6-2 NEWMAC)
LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)
- The Wheaton College volleyball team returned to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Thursday night to resume its suspended contest against the Blue of Wellesley College. The match was called on Sept. 18 in the third set with the Lyons holding a 2-0 set advantage and a 19-16 lead in the third, due to floor conditions.
- Currently, the Blue are considered the fifth best team in the New England region, while the Lyons are right behind them in sixth. Wellesley is also currently receiving votes for the top-25 in the nation.
- Wheaton cruised in the opening set, opening the match on a strong 10-1 run with kills from Casey Dinga, Adara Hamilton, Julia Palomba, and Nikita Selivan. The Blue managed to pull within seven points with the help of a handful of Wheaton errors, but ultimately the Lyons were focused in and closed out the set 25-15.
- The second set was far more competitive this time with the Blue taking the lead out of the gate. Wheaton trailed the entire set until a bad set from Michelle Li broke a 22-22 deadlock. Nicole Doerges tied the match at 23-23, but a Blue attacking error and a huge putdown by Dinga earned Wheaton the set win.
- Wheaton started the third set strong, taking an 11-4 advantage courtesy of a strong attack from Dinga, Palomba, and Claire Cansler. The Blue began to slowly chip away at the deficit, pulling within three, 19-16, before play was suspended.
- On Thursday, picking up where the contest was left off it took less than five minutes to conclude the match. With the Blue serving, Wheaton received the ball and Cansler quickly made it a 20-16 contest. Wellesley got the next three points, pulling within two points, but a kill by Haley McCreight and Blue error put Wheaton ahead 24-20. After a timeout, Wheaton ended the game with an ace from sophomore Sabrina Buxeda.
- When everything was wrapped up, Wheaton was led by 12 kills from Cansler, while both Dinga and Palomba ended with seven. Houghton collected 31 assists, while Hamilton led the team with nine digs. Cansler led the Lyons from the net defensively, ending with a team-high three blocks.
- Wellesley was paced by nine kills from Lauren Gedney, while Doerges and Yasmine Reece each finished with seven. Li ended the match with 25 assists and Samantha Hoang ended with nine digs.
- Attacking percentage: Wheaton .231 - Wellesley .151
- Service aces: Wheaton 15 - Wellesley 8
- Digs: Wheaton 37 - Wellesley 34
- Block solos: Wheaton 0 - Wellesley 0
- Block assists:6 - Wellesley 12
UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 13 for a tri-match with Western New England and the University of New England. The first match is set for 11 a.m. in Emerson Gymnasium. VIDEO / LIVE STATS