Putting an end to an eight-match skid that dated back to Sept. 25, the Cardinals got balanced play from outside hitter Casey Reed '12 (#6, right side photo) and middle hitters Monica Leslie '14 (#13, left side photo) and Kim Farris '14 to overpower Rhode Island College, 3-1, Tues., Oct. 19.
Though the Cardinals dropped the opening set in a see-saw battle, 24-26, they stormed back to sweep the next three, 25-18, 25-15 and 25-22. With their sixth consecutive victory over R.I.C., the Cardinals raised their overall mark vs. the Anchorwomen to 18-8.
Reed led the way with 15 kills while also contributing to five blocks. Joining her with a solid outing up front were middles Leslie and Farris. Leslie came through with eight kills and six blocks while Farris added 10 kills and a team-leading seven blocks. Farris also had three aces, joined by setter Laura Yim '13, who put up 38 assists on the night. Digs leader Ruby Hernandez '11 was on her game with 15 in the match.
The squad was back on the home court Friday, Oct. 22 to take on Trinity in the opening match of the Wesleyan Quad. Trinity knocked off Wesleyan for the second time this year, 3-2, having captured a NESCAC match in Middletown Oct. 6, 3-0. The Bantams have now taken three in a row from the Cardinals after Wesleyan enjoyed a 23-2 stretch from 1999-2008 in the long-standing series.
Tied at 10-10 in the fifth set, Trinity scored five of the final six points to claim the match, 15-11. The Bantams controlled the open set from start to finish, racing out to a 9-3 lead and pushing the gap to 19-7 before coming away with a 25-15 win. The next three sets were all tied, 15-15, with the Cardinals outscoring the Bantams 10-3 down the stretch in the second set for the 25-18 victory. It was 18-18 in the third set before a 5-1 Wesleyan run made it 23-19. The final score was 25-22, giving Wesleyan a 2-1 lead. The Bantams got the better of it in the final stages of the fourth set for the 25-22 win, extending an 18-17 lead with a close 7-5 finish.
Wesleyan got 21 kills from Reed while Lesley Faulkner '11 was next with 12 kills. Yim had 46 assists. In the digs area, Hernandez had 21 and Stephanie Hucker '11 contributed 16. Laura Volgenau '13 was the Cardinals’ blocks leader with four. Reed chipped in with three blocks.
Wesleyan continues in the Wesleyan Quad by hosting Western New England and Babson Sat., Oct. 23.
(Photos by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)