Volleyball Takes Down Worcester St. and WNE

Volleyball Takes Down Worcester St. and WNE

GAME ONE: Wheaton 3 - Western New England 0 (28-26, 25-23, 25-20)

RECORDS: Wheaton (9-4) – WNE (6-8)

LOCATION: Worcester, Mass.

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The Wheaton College volleyball team returned to action Saturday evening, beginning with a 3-0 (28-26, 25-23, 25-20) victory over Western New England.
  • Wheaton was led by 10 kills from junior Julia Palomba, followed by eight kills from sophomore Emily Hickey
  • Becca Houghton ended the night with 30 assists, while Ariana Rajaee led the team defensively with 15 digs. 
  • First-year Kyra Mattera paced Wheaton with six blocks, picking up four assisted blocks and two solo. 
  • The opening set saw Wheaton take an early lead before the Lancers knotted up the contest at 18-18. The two sides traded points the rest of the way with Wheaton pulling out the 28-26 victory.
  • After trading points at the beginning of the second set, Wheaton pulled ahead on a WNE attacking error and never looked back. The Lancers managed to tie the contest at 23-23, but Wheaton a Bailey Madrzyk kill and Lancer error handed Wheaton the win. 
  • The third set was another tight back and forth but once again the Lyons did enough to pull out the win with Mattera and Palomba kills. 

THE BASICS:

  • Attacking percentage: Wheaton .243 / WNE .135
  • Service aces: Wheaton 9 / WNE 10
  • Digs: Wheaton 53 / WNE 43
  • Block solos: Wheaton 2 / WNE 0
  • Block assists: Wheaton 10 / WNE 8

GAME TWO: Wheaton 3 - Worcester St. 0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-10)

RECORDS: Wheaton (10-4) - WSU (3-7)

LOCATION: Worcester, Mass. 

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • Wheaton returned to the court later in the night to take on Worcester State with the Lyons picking up another 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-10) win. The win is Wheaton's 10th of the season and the 300th career win for head coach Craig Letourneau
  • The Lyons were led by 10 kills from Madrzyk and six each from Adara Hamilton and Haley McCreight
  • Hannah George finished with 11 assists, while Houghton added nine to her growing career numbers. Hamilton also ended the night with 10 digs for Wheaton.  
  • The opening set saw both sides trade points the entire set. With the match tied at 19-19, Wheaton took the lead for good on a McCreight kill. 
  • The second set was never in question with the Lyons opening on a 3-0 run and never relinquishing control of the lead. Wheaton's largest lead of the set came at 14-9 after back-to-back WSU errors. 
  • Wheaton dominated the final set, only allowing WSU 10 points. 

THE BASICS:

  • Attacking percentage: Wheaton .258 / WSU .043
  • Service aces: Wheaton 11 / WSU 2
  • Digs: Wheaton 39 / WSU 41
  • Block solos: Wheaton 4 / WSU 1
  • Block assists: Wheaton 10 / WSU 1

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Wellesley at 7 p.m. VIDEO / LIVE STATS