Pulling away from an 18-18 tie in the first set of their opening match in the NYU Violet Classic Fri., Sept. 21, facing host NYU, the Cardinals got an ace from Kim Farris '14 to take the lead for good and finish on a 7-2 run to capture a 25-20 victory. Things did not go quite as smoothly in the final three sets as NYU took the match with wins of 25-11, 25-18 and 25-12. Wesleyan closed out the Classis with matches vs. Susquehanna and Haverford on Sat., Sept. 22.
Farris finished the NYU match with eight kills, an ace, four digs and two blocks. Monica Leslie '14 (#7, photo) paced the team on attack with 11 kills and a fine .471 hitting percentage, putting down 11 of her 17 tries with just three errors. As usual, Sofia Davila '16 led the way defensively with 12 digs while Claire Larson '15 had nine digs along with 19 assists.
Wesleyan fell behind early in both the second and fourth sets, trailing 10-1 in the former and 10-4 in the latter, and never quite recovered. The third set was tied 8-8 before a 10-2 NYU run spotted the host an 18-10 lead. Five straight points by Wesleyan, with Leslie picking up several kills during the run, made it 18-15. But the Violets finished off the set with a 7-3 spurt to grab a 2-1 lead in sets at the time.
This was just the second all-time meeting of the teams with NYU victorious in the initial match back in 1998, 3-0. Wesleyan was 1-0 all-time vs. Haverford, winning 3-0 in the only previous meeting back in 1999. Haverford evened the count at 1-1 with its 3-0 win Saturday, taking a 25-16, 25-20, 25-18 decision. Farris led the Cards with seven kills while Larson had 21 assists and a team-leadig 14 digs. Davila added 13 digs. Wesleyan and Susquehanna met for the first time Saturday and Susquehanna took a 3-0 win (25-16, 25-18, 25-19). Leslie was tops in kills with nine and a consistent .350 hitting percentage. Larson assisted on 25 kills and paced the team with eight digs.
Wesleyan will be back on the road for its next match Wed., Sept. 26 against traditional in-state rival Western Conn.