Laura Yim '13 (#5, photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) was the Cardinals' most effective server during the Colonial Classic hosted by Western Connecticut Fri.-Sat., Oct. 21-22. Over the three matches, which included a 3-1 victory over Babson, a 3-0 conquering of USMMA and a 3-2 loss to host Western Connecticut, Yim had 11 of the team's 28 service aces while also contributing 15 digs from her back-row spot. Yim was selected to the five-player all-tournament team as Wesleyan's representative.
The Cardinals rolled past USMMA, 25-22, 25-13, 25-13, as Monica Leslie '14 connected for 13 kills and a .750 hitting efficiency. Casey Reed '12 added nine kills while Claire Larson '15 launched 39 assists, an average of 13 per set. Kim Farris '14 (#2 in photo) had a team-high four blocks.
Against Western Conn., a squad Wesleyan had beaten at home 3-1 earlier in the season, Wesleyan pulled ahead 2-0 with 25-13 and 29-27 wins. But the Colonials raliied to take the final three sets, 25-17, 25-20 and 15-12. Leslie again paced the offense with 19 kills while Jess Shevins '14 chipped in with 15 and Reed and Laura Volgenau '13 both added 10. Larson racked up 57 assists. Jeanne McPhee '13 had her second 30-plus dig match with 31 while Reed produced another 21 digs. Volgenau had seven blocks with Leslie supporting the cause with six.
In the team's next match, Eastern Connecticut pulled away from a 12-12 tie in the final set, scoring three of the final four points to secure a tight 3-2 victory over Wesleyan Wed., Oct. 26 in the Cardinals' home finale. Eastern now leads the overall series, 21-11.
After coming away with a two-point win in the first set, 25-23, Eastern yielded a lead in the second set to the Cardinals as Wesleyan got the final two points for a 26-24 win. A very close third set went the Cardinals' way as well as they scored the last three points in breaking a 22-22 deadlock. The Warriors had their most decisive victory in the fourth set, 25-17, then clinched the result in the final stage of the fifth and deciding frame.
The Cardinals got 16 kills from Leslie, who also had two blocks. Reed chipped in with 15 kills and 14 digs. McPhee led all players in the match with 21 digs. Larson collected 42 assists while Farris picked up 11 kills and three aces.
Wesleyan begins its final weekend of regular-season play at Bates College Fri., Oct. 28, starting a NESCAC weekend against Bowdoin, then finishing with Colby and Bates on Saturday.