With Kim Farris '14 (#2, photo insert upper right) and Kate Centofanti '14 (#9, main photo) leading the way in the kills area and Sofia Davila '16 (#15, photo insert lower right) racking up the digs, Wesleyan took NESCAC rival Trinity down to the wire before falling in a five-set match in Hartford Sat., Oct. 6. Wesleyan then closed out the tri-match vs. Roger Williams, dropping a 3-0 decision. Up next for the squad is a home NESCAC weekend against Colby Fri., Oct. 12 and Bates Sat., Oct. 13. The Colby match will be webcast and can be viewed by clicking < here > at the 8 p.m. start time.
Though the Cardinals fell behind early in the opeing set vs. the Bantams and never recovered in the 25-9 Trinity win, Wesleyan turned it around in the second set and captured a 28-26 win with some clutch kills by Centofanti in the closing stages and a clinching ace by Jeanne McPhee '13. The Cardinals carried the momentum of the win into a solid 25-14 victory in the third set. The Bantams led from start to finish in the fourth set en route to a 25-18 win. The Bantams then jumped out to a 6-1 edge in the fifth set and was on the brink of securing the match with a 14-4 lead before Wesleyan scored five straight points to cut the gap to 14-9. But the rally ended as Trinity put the final point away for the 15-9 final-set triumph.
Farris picked up 13 kills with just one hitting error while Centofanti added 11 kills, 16 digs, three aces and two blocks. Davila rolled up a match-high 23 digs.
Davila added another 19 digs in the setback to Roger Williams, 19-25, 16-25, 15-25. Farris and Centofanti tied for the team lead in kills with six each as defense dominated the match. Each team averaged over 20 digs per set. For the year, both Wesleyan and its opponents average less than 15 digs per set. It was the first victory for the Hawks over the Cardinals as Wesleyan had captured the opening 15 meetings of the squads between 1989 and 2007.