Kim Farris '14 Has 18 Kills, 4 Blocks & 3 Aces, Abby Southam 8 Blocks as Cards Take Western Conn. to the Wire

Meeting for the 40th time in women's volleyball action, Western Connecticut improved its season record to 11-3 by outlasting homestanding Wesleyan, 3-1, Wed., Sept. 25.  Wesleyan still leads the overall series, 24-16.

In the first set, WCSU pulled away from a 7-7 tie to take a 14-9 lead and kept at least a two-point margin the rest of the way in taking a tight 25-22 set.  Wesleyan grabbed an early 5-2 lead in the second set, only to have WCSU run off 12 of the next 16 points for a 14-9 lead once again.  The Colonial let the Cardinals get no closer than five en route to a 25-18 decision.  Wesleyan took control of the third set after breaking an 8-8 tie, moving out to a 19-11 advantage behind an 11-3 run.  WCSU saved four set points from 24-15 before Wesleyan took a 25-19 set.  The fourth set was by far the most exciting as WCSU prevailed, 28-26.  Leading 11-3, the Colonials looked ready to coast to the win but Wesleyan rallied to even the set at 17-17.  Neither team led by more than two down the stretch.  Wesleyan held a 24-23 lead after Abby Southam '15 (#12 in photo) picked up her eight assisted block in the match, aided by Kim Farris '14 (#2 in photo), who had four.  But a serving error by Wesleyan made it a 24-24.  Wesleyan then saved two match points as WCSU led, 25-24 and 26-25.  But the Colonial got the final two points at 26-26 on a kill and an ace.

Farris was tops in the match in kills with 18 with Kate Centofanti '14 contributing 14 for the Cardinals.  Brenna Tharnstrom '16 entered the match in the second set and led Wesleyan in assists with 26.  Farris and freshman Brittany Lo both had three aces for Wesleyan.  Libero Rachel Savage '17was good for 19 digs.  With 14 blocks in the match as a team, Wesleyan also got six blocks from Monica Leslie '14.

Wesleyan returns to action Fri., Sept. 27, hosting Trinity in a NESCAC match.  The match will feature LiveStats.