Volleyball: Connecticut College 3, Wesleyan University 1 Martin Erupts with 21 Kills & 12 Digs for Camels

Volleyball: Connecticut College 3, Wesleyan University 1 Martin Erupts with 21 Kills & 12 Digs for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College volleyball team posted  a 3-1 victory against Wesleyan University in the NESCAC opener for both teams played in front of 211 fans at Luce Field House Friday night.

The game scores were 25-20, 26-28, 25-21 and 25-18 in favor of the hosts. The Camels remain perfect (3-0) on their home court this season and even their record at 4-4 overall. The Cardinals slip to 2-5 with a 0-1 record in league play.

Sophomore Caroline Martin (Palo Alto, Calif.) erupted with 21 kills and 12 digs to lead the Camels to the victoryChloe Ainley (San Jose, Calif.) buried 14 kills with just three errors on 23 attempts to hit at a robust .478 for the night. Alex Mcdevitt (Medfield, Mass.) chipped in with nine kills and 20 digs for the home side.  

First year setter Emily Arterbury (Austin, Texas) dished out 45 assists to go with her 13 digs. Sophomore libero Jamie Balkin (Glencoe, Ill.) added 11 digs and three aces for the hosts.

Wesleyan University senior Kim Farris (Atlanta, Ga.) buried 12 kills to go with eight digs and six aces. Junior Sara Warnock (Cumberland, Maine) chipped in with five kills and four digs for the Cardinals.

Senior Kate Cenofanti (Cos Cob, Conn.) added five kills, eight digs and five assisted blocks for the visitors. 

Abby Southam (Santa Monica, Calif.) added four kills and seven digs.

Junior setter Claire Larson (Chanhassan, Minn.) dished out 24 assists to go along with eight digs. 

The Camels built a 7-2 advantage in set one and extended their advantage to 20-12. Wesleyan did not go quietly though and when Natalie Wildenrandt (San Francisco, Calif.) served up an ace; it was a 21-17 contest. But Martin scored the next two points to push the lead to 23-17. Mcdevitt would close out the set with a kill from the left side that vaulted the hosts out to a 1-0 advantage.

Set two was a back and forth battle that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. A block from Cardinal senior Monica Leslie (Newton, Mass.) put the visitors on top 26-25. But Martin responded for the home team with a kill to even the score up at 26 apiece. A service error led to the Cardinals' 27th point and Kim Farris closed out the win, rifling one home from the left side of the net to make it a 28-26 final.

In the third set, Emily Arterbury scored the consecutive points with back-to-back aces to put the Camels on top for good with a 21-20 edge. Kills by McDevitt and Martin extended the Camel lead to 23-20. Ainley would close out the 25-21 win when she smartly angled her return to the right of the Wesleyan block.

In the fifth set, the Cardinals continued to battle back. A nicely placed return from Southam resulted in a point that cut the Camel lead to 17-14. But the hosts scored the next five points before Kim Farris hammered home another kill from the left. In the end it was too much Martin as the 2012 NESCAC Rookie of the Year closed out the victory with her 21st kill.

Connecticut College will host three matches Saturday, competing in two of them. At 1:00 p.m., the action gets underway when the Camels meet their other intrastate conference rival, the Trinity College Bantams in Luce Field House.