Women's Volleyball Ends 2012 Campaign with 12th Straight NESCAC Win over Hamilton, 3-1

Improving their all-time mark vs. Hamilton to 20-4 with their 12th consecutive win over the Continentals, the Cardinals ended the 2012 season with a solid 3-1 win over Hamilton Sat., Oct. 27.  Wesleyan did not get the help it was hoping for from Bates with a Bobcat victory over Trinity or Amherst in the closing weekend which would have given the Cardinals a NESCAC tournament spot.  As a result, Colby, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit vs. Wesleyan Oct. 12 to capture a 3-2 triumph, earned the eighth and final spot in the NESCAC playoffs.

Wesleyan closed out the year with some of its best play this season, capturing five of its final seven matches with wins over Bates, RIC, Southern Vermont, WPI and Hamilton.  Against the Continentals in the finale, Kate Centofanti '14 (#9, photo lower left) racked up eight aces while Monica Leslie '14 (#7, photo upper left) had an effective afternoon in the hitting area with a team-leading 13 kills and a .522 efficiency along with three blocks.  Right behind her was Kim Farris '14 (#2, photo lower right) with 12 kills and two blocks.  Brenna Tharnstrom '16 (#5, photo upper right) supplied 37 assist in the Cardinal cause.

Winning the opening set, 25-15, the Cardinals broke a 12-12 tie and went on to finish the frame with a 13-3 burst.  Hamilton captured the second set by also breaking a 12-12 deadlock to go ahead 18-13 and held at least a three point margin en route to a 25-20 win. Wesleyan made relatively short work of the third set for a 25-13 victory, extending a 9-4 lead to a 13-5 margin.  The difference remained at six point or above the remainder of the set.  The fourth set proved the most competitive as the teams were tied, 19-19, before a pair of Centofanti aces made it 21-19.  Farris then contributed to three of the final four Cardinal points on the way to the 25-21 victory as she had a pair of kills and an assisted block.

Farris led the team with a 2.81 kills average for the season while Leslie led the way with her .298 hitting percentage on 2.43 kills per set.  Centofanti was tops in service aces for the year with 31.  Tharnstrom averaged 6.47 assists per set as she split duty with Claire Larson '15, who averaged 6.76.  Leslie was the blocks leader with 62, followed closely by Abby Southam with 60.  Digs leader Sofia Davila '16 averaged 3.90 per set.

Three Cardinals closed out their careers this year - team tri-captains Laura Volgenau '13 (130 kills, 50 blocks), Jeanne McPhee '13 (143 digs) and Katie Schad '13 (116 digs).