Defeating Vassar in the opening set of the year, 25-21, Wesleyan got off to a good start in the first match of the Vassar Round Robin Fri., Sept. 9. But the host stormed back to capture the next three sets, 25-10, 25-15 and 25-12 to take the match. It was much the same in the squad's second match of the night against undefeated MIT (6-0) as Wesleyan took the first set, 25-18, but dropped the next three by scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-21. Wesleyan took on Montclair St., which lost twice on opening day as well, and Stevens Tech, which went 1-1, on the second day of activity Sat., Sept. 10. The Cardinals again fell by a 3-1 count to Stevens, with the final three sets all decided by three points or less. Wesleyan picked up its opening win of the season by downing Montclair, 3-0, wiuth scores of 25-23, 25-18 and 25-22.
Leading the Wesleyan attack on day one of the season was Monica Leslie '14 (#7, photo) as she logged a .242 hitting efficiency with 15 kills and five blocks. Casey Reed '12 had a team-high 17 kills while Jess Shevins '14 picked up 10 kills, all against MIT. Kim Farris '14 chipped in with eight kills, six blocks and six aces. The Cardinals' dig leader was Jeanne McPhee '13 with 24 while Reed contributed 21.
On day two, Leslie added 16 kills, 10 of those against Montclair as she hit with a .556 efficiency. Reed was the big killer on the day with 26 while Laura Yim '13 resumed her primary setting duties and picked up 53 assists over seven sets. Katie Schad '13 came through with six aces on day two while Farris added to her leadership in blocks with seven, giving her 13 on the year in 15 sets. McPhee improved her seasonal digs total to 60 by adding 36 in seven sets on day two, an average of 5.14 per set.
The Cardinals inaugurate the home schedule Tues., Sept. 13, facing Albertus Magnus.