MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Connecticut College volleyball team fell to Wesleyan by a 3-0 score on Thursday evening at Silloway Gym. Set scores were 25-13, 25-22 and 25-13.
Wesleyan (8-0, NESCAC 3-0) led from wire-to-wire in the opening set by recording a jaw-dropping .500 hitting percentage. The Cardinals, who had 14 kills and committed only three errors on 22 attempts, built up a commanding 18-8 lead on a smash by Robi Frederick and never looked back.
The Camels were very competitive in the second set and burst out to a 4-0 lead. But after senior Katia Elisman (Lake Forest, Ill.) set up sophomore Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) for a kill, the Camels committed a service error which killed their early momentum. Even though Wesleyan was able to go ahead by an 8-7 score on an attacking error, Connecticut College came and regained the lead at 19-18 on a kill from freshman Emma Hewlin (San Jose, Calif.). Wesleyan, however, recovered and eventually took the close set on a ballhandling error by the Camels' setter.
Connecticut College took an early 3-2 lead in the third set, but the Cardinals responded by most notably scoring five unanswered to take a commanding 14-7 advantage. A service error on match point put the game on ice.
Kaira Muraoka-Robertson led Wesleyan with 30 assists, while Stasie Litinsky recorded 10 kills and hit at a .438 clip. Harper Graves and Frederick notched eight kills apiece, and Phia Bellizzi added 13 digs.
The Camels were paced by Hewlin and senior Belinda Mullally (Garden Grove, Calif.) with seven and six kills, respectively. Elisman contributed 19 assists, and senior Sam Hunter (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) had eight digs.
Connecticut College (6-3, NESCAC 0-3) will next compete at a tri-match against Wheaton and host Clark on Saturday afternoon. The Camels first face the Lyons at 1:00 p.m. before ending the day with a match against the Cougars at 3:00 p.m.