Volleyball Takes Down Clark & Conn. College to Increase Win Streak to 13

Volleyball Takes Down Clark & Conn. College to Increase Win Streak to 13

GAME ONE:

SCORE: Wheaton 3 - Clark 2 (26-24, 25-15, 19-25, 14-25, 15-9)

RECORDS: Wheaton (13-1, 2-0 NEWMAC) - Clark (4-7, 0-4 NEWMAC)

LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The Wheaton College volleyball team opened the day with a hard-fought 3-2 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win against the Cougars of Clark University. The win is the Lyons 12th straight.
  • Wheaton was led by 15 kills from Julia Palomba who also pulled up 20 digs while finishing with a block. 
  • Nikita Selivan and Claire Cansler each ended the contest with 10 kills, with Casey Dinga contributing nine in the win. 
  • Becca Houghton ended the contest with a match-high 48 assists, while Cat MacGregor led the team with 21 digs. 
  • Ana Patricia Mercado led the Cougars with 20 kills, while Corina Picon contributed 11. Sophia Torino picked up a team-high 20 assists, while Rayme Quiban led all players with 24 digs. 
  • Clark led nearly the entire first set, taking its largest lead at 12-6 with a service error by the Lyons. Wheaton was able to slowly work its way back into the set, tying it at 17-17 with help from Houghton, Cansler, Palomba, and Dinga. The two sides traded points and tied the set four more times in the closing moments, but a Cougar attacking error and Palomba kill ended things in the Lyons favor. 
  • Wheaton cruised in the second set, opening with a strong 8-0 run, which included four straight Palomba kills. The Lyons largest lead was 18-7 on a Selivan ace. Clark earned a few points back but were never able to pull within more than eight points in the set. 
  • Fighting to stay in the match, the Cougars opened the third set strong, capturing a 10-5 lead with the help of unforced errors by the Lyons. Wheaton got itself back in the match with a series of strong serves from Selivan, which helped the Lyons take a 16-15 lead. Clark responded, closing out the set on a 10-3 run, making it a 2-1 match. 
  • The Cougars carried the momentum over into the fourth set, allowing the Lyons to lead just once, before closing out the set 25-14. 
  • In the deciding set, both teams battled for every point, with the set seeing three ties and three lead changes. With the match deadlocked at 5-5, Wheaton recaptured the lead for good after a 5-0 run which was led by a strong serve from Houghton. The Cougars pulled within three points moments later, but would never be able to overcome the deficit. 

THE BASICS:

  • Attacking percentage: Wheaton .166 - Clark .200
  • Service aces: Wheaton 14 - Clark 5
  • Digs: Wheaton 95 - Clark 92
  • Block solos: Wheaton 0 - Clark 3
  • Block assists: Wheaton 6 - Clark 12

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GAME TWO:

SCORE: Wheaton 3 - Connecticut College 0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-22)

RECORDS: Wheaton - Connecticut College

LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The Wheaton College volleyball team extended its win streak to 13 games after taking down Connecticut College in the final match of Saturday. The win streak is tied for third-best in school history. The 2018 Lyons are chasing a school record that was set by the 1992 squad who won 15 straight. 
  • The Lyons were paced by 14 kills from Palomba, nine from Selivan and eight from Adara HamiltonHoughton ended the match with 33 assists, while MacGregor had a team-high 13 digs. 
  • Maddie Rust led the Camels with nine kills, while Grace McGee had 21 assists. 
  • The opening set saw both teams try and position themselves, with the Lyons eventually capturing the lead for good after breaking a 7-7 deadlock on a Selivan kill. Wheaton led by as many as five points multiple times, before taking its largest lead at the end of the set with a Cansler kill which ended the game at 25-18. 
  • The second set belonged to the Camels most of the time with Connecticut College owning a 13-7 lead on a Rust kill. Wheaton responded with a 7-2 run that pulled them within a point of Conn. College, but the Lyons wouldn't take the lead until a Camel service error made it 19-18 Wheaton. The Lyons were able to close out the set on solid serving from Palomba and MacGregor.  
  • The Lyons trailed just once in the third set, running up an 8-2 lead on kills from Palomba and Dinga, as well as an ace from Hamilton. The Camels fought back, taking the lead at 19-18 on a Palomba error. The lead was shortlived however with the Lyons closing out the set and the match on an 8-3 run. 

THE BASICS:

  • Attacking percentage: Wheaton .274 - Conn. College .198
  • Service aces: Wheaton 9 - Conn. College 5
  • Digs: Wheaton 44 - Conn. College 43
  • Block solos: Wheaton 0 - Conn. College 2
  • Block assists: Wheaton 4 - Conn. College 0

UP NEXT: Wheaton hosts MIT in NEWMAC action on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in Emerson Gym. VIDEO / LIVE STATS