With Kim Farris '14 (#2, right-side photo) racking up 19 kills and a solid .485 hitting percentage while Claire Larson '15 collected 29 assists in just three sets, the Cardinals rallied past Salve Regina in their season-opening match during the Trinity Invitational Fri., Sept. 7, 3-1. Wesleyan dropped the first set, 13-25, but recovered from a 24-18 deficit in the second set to win 27-25. That gave the Cardinals momentum during the third set, a 25-18 victory. The final set was nip-and-tuck as the teams were tied at every juncture from 8-8 through 20-20 before a four-point Wesleyan run behind the serving of Kim Farris helped the Cardinals clinch the match with a 25-22 win.
Wesleyan closed out action in the Trinity Invitational Sat., Sept. 8 with matches against Eastern Conn. and Lasell. The Cardinals downed Eastern, 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-20), then bested Lasell, 3-1 (25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-14) to improve to 3-0 on the year. As a result, Wesleyan will take its unblemished record into its initial NESCAC affair Fri., Sept. 14 at home vs. Middlebury. The NESCAC weekend concludes Sat., Sept. 15 vs. Little Three rival Williams.
Sophia Davila '16, who had a team-high 13 digs in the Salve match, served seven straight points for the Cardinals in the second set as Wesleyan turned the 24-18 deficit into a 25-24 edge. Though Salve evened the count at 25-25, Wesleyan forged the last two points to even the match, 1-1, at the time. The Cardinals led throughout the third set in gaining a 2-1 lead.
Wesleyan also got a strong match vs. Salve from Monica Leslie '14 as she chipped in with 10 kills and four blocks. Larson added 11 digs, to complement her 29 assists.
Against Eastern, the Cardinals used the front line to register 11 team blocks with both Leslie and Abby Southam '16 picking up five assisted blocks. Farris again led in kills with 10 and Larson had 24 assists. Davila added 10 digs to her figures. The Cardinals outpointed the Warriors by 13 points over the three sets and those could be accounted for by Wesleyan's 11-7 margin in aces and committing only 15 attack errors to 25 by Eastern.
Despite going four sets with Lasell, Wesleyan enjoyed a 26-point differential. Kate Centofanti '14 racked up 16 kills in a strong effort while Southam added 12 and Leslie chipped in with 11. Wesleyan had 52 kills to Lasell's 28, and 13 aces to just five by the Lancers. Larson, who sat the bulk of the third set, tossed up 39 assists in three-plus sets of action. Davila again led in digs with 12.