Setter Claire Larson '15 (#13, main photo), Kim Farris '14 (#2, photo insert right side) and Sofia Davila '16 (#15, photo insert left side) all posted some impressive numbers as the Cardinals got back to their winning ways while ending a five-match win steak this season coming into the affair by host Western Conn. Wed., Sept. 26. Wesleyan secured a 3-0 win (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) while improving its all-time record vs. its traditional in-state rival to 25-15. Western is the Cardinals most frequently played non-NESCAC opponent.
Larson averaged 11.67 assists per set in directing the offense to an strong effort. Farris led the attack with 4.67 kills per set behind a .448 efficiency and added 1.33 blocks per set, a defensive figure matched by Monica Leslie '14. Kate Centofanti '14 added 3.33 kills per set. Davila chalked up an average of 7.33 digs per set as Wesleyan executed well in many facets throughout the evening. As a team, the Cardinals hit at a very effective .261 percentage.
Wesleyan headed to Bowdoin for the first match of a NESCAC weekend Fri., Sept. 28. Taking on the NESCAC leading and defending champion Polar Bears, Wesleyan fell by a 3-0 count (15-25, 18-25, 15-25). Wesleyan had a strong 7-0 run near the end of the second set before Bowdoin got the clinching point. Farris again paced the team in kills with a match-high 10. Larson contributed 23 assists. Bowdoin hit well with a .337 efficiency and served effectively with 15 aces.
The NESCAC weekend finished up for the Cardinals at Tufts Sat., Sept. 29. There Wesleyan took an exciting second set, 26-24, as Farris picked up six of her team-leading 11 kills during the match. A kill by Laura Volgenau '13 and a block assist from Centofanti and Abby Southam '16 provided the margin of victory after the score was tied, 24-24. But Tufts went on to win the last two sets, 25-12 and 25-20, after winning the opening set 25-15. Tufts had a slender 14-11 lead in the first set before finishing out the frame on an 11-4 run. In the fourth set, Wesleyan held a 20-19 edge before the Jumbos rattled off six straight points to close out the match. Davila had a match-best 19 digs while Larson tossed up 29 assists. Volgenau had five blocks.
On Fri., Oct. 5, the Cardinals started another NESCAC road weekend, opening at Amherst Fri., Oct. 5, and finishing at Trinity Sat., Oct. 6. While at Trinity, the Cardinals will also take on Roger Williams. At Amherst, the Lord Jeffs prevailed, 3-0, taking sets of 25-12, 25-18 and 25-13. Laura Volgenau '13 led the Cardinals with six kills and Davila collected 13 digs.