Making an historic excursion to the University of Chicago for the Gargoyle Classic Fri.-Sat., Sept. 23-24, the Cardinals ran up against some extraordinary competition over its four matches and returned with a 0-4 mark as a result. Wesleyan had never traveled by plane for volleyball action in its 28 years as a varsity squad and never more than 300 miles in distance.
Taking on Benedictine U., Central (Iowa), Elmhurst and Trinity Christian, the Cardinals got a taste of mid-western volleyball as the collective mark of the four opponents following the tournament was 45-19 while Central, Elmhurst and Trinity Christian together were 37-10. Each of those three had a player on the seven-person all-tournament squad as six of the 11 participating teams were represented. Host Chicago (15-1) had two all-tournament picks. Wesleyan had played only Benedictine in the past, that at MIT three years ago when the Cardinals won twice, 3-2 and 3-0, during a 21-7 campaign.
Wesleyan fell to Benedictine, 3-0 (19-25, 17-25, 11-25); Central, 3-0 (23-25, 19-25, 18-25); Elmhurst, 3-0 (13-25, 22-25, 12-25); and Trinity Christian, 3-1 (25-22, 10-25, 18-25, 16-25). Elmhurst was one of two squads to go 4-0 during the Classic while Central and Trinity Christian were 3-1 and Benedictine, 2-2.
Monica Leslie '14 (#7, photo) was solid in the blocking area during the four matches as she collected 12 blocks over 13 sets while also contributing 15 kills. Leading the way in the kills area was Casey Reed '12 (#6, photo) with 27. Laura Yim '13 amassed 73 assists over the course of the activity.
Wesleyan is back home for its next match against a more traditional rival, Western Connecticut, Wed., Sept. 28 for the 38th meeting of the two squads.