Pulling away from host Hamilton in the fifth and deciding set, the Cardinals gained a much-needed NESCAC victory to close out its weekend in Clinton, N.Y. Sat., Oct. 1. The teams split four two-point sets to force a fifth set. Wesleyan took the first two, 25-23 and 26-24, before Hamilton rallied to snag the next two, both by a 25-23 count.
The squads stood 4-4 in the fifth set when Wesleyan took charge, taking the lead for good, 5-4, and pulling out to a 9-6 lead. Wesleyan left no doubt as to the outcome by scoring the final five points of the set for a 15-7 win. The triumph allowed the Cardinals to extend their mastery over the Continentals to 11 straight matches and 14 of the last 15 meetings. Wesleyan holds a commanding 19-4 lead in the overall series.
Libero Jeanne McPhee '13 (#4, photo left side) racked up a career-high 34 digs as each side nearly eclipsed the century mark for digs in the match, Wesleyan with 94 and Hamilton with 96. On the offensive side, Claire Larson '15 (#13, photo right side) put up 51 assists with Casey Reed '12 leading the way behind her 17 kills while also adding 22 digs. Next in line was Monica Leslie '14 with 14 putaways while both Laura Volgenau '13 and Kim Farris '14 chipped in with 10 kills apiece. Farris was aggressive at the net with eight blocks during the match.
The squad didn't fair quite as well on its visit to Coast Guard Wed., Oct. 5 before taking on Trinity Fri., Oct. 7 in Hartford in another NESCAC matchup. The Cardinals fell to the Bears, 3-0 (13-25, 17-25, 27-25). Leslie had a team-high six kills while McPhee and Yim each had nine digs. Larson launched 21 assists.