Wesleyan hit with a phenomenal .493 team efficiency with 43 kills and just eight errors in 71 attempts in rolling past visiting Rhode Island College, 3-0, at home Tues., Oct. 22. The Cardinals improved to 21-8 all-time vs. RIC and returned to the court Sat., Oct. 26, playing a pair of matches at UMass Dartmouth, facing both the host and Keene St., making it three straight matches against Little East squads. There Wesleyan fell to Keene, 3-0, but came back to defeat UMD, 3-0.
Wesleyan won its three sets vs. RIC handily by scores of 25-10, 25-16 and 25-10. The Cardinals raced to a 10-1 bulge in the first set and led comfortably throughout. In the second set, Wesleyan broke away from a 5-5 tie with a 6-1 run for an 11-6 lead and pulled away progressively for the nine-point win. In the third set, it again stood 11-6 near the midway point before Wesleyan ended on a 14-4 run to wrap up the match.
Kate Centofanti '14 (#9, right side photo) led the Cardinals with 13 kills and a .600 hitting percentage. Monica Leslie '14 and Kim Farris '14 both added nine kills. Brenna Tharnstrom '16 (#4, left side photo) handled most of the setting for Wesleyan, dishing out 33 assists. Rachel Savage '17 took match-high honors in digs for Wesleyan with nine.
Against Keene St., Wesleyan was held in check offensively as the Cardinals had just 17 kills during the 16-25, 21-25, 11-25 loss. Kate Centofanti had four. Farris has three aces, Leslie led in the blockes area with four and Savage picked up eight digs.
The kills more than doubled against UMD with 39 as Farris had 12 and Leslie 11. After crusing to a 25-16 opening-set triumph, Wesleyan took two tight sets, 25-23 and 25-22, to secure the win. Larson tossed up 34 assists while Savage amassed 12 digs.
Wesleyan closes out the regular season with Little Three matches at home, facing Amherst Fri., Nov. 1 and Williams Sat., Nov. 2. The Amherst match, starting at 8 p.m., will be webcast. Wesleyan needs at least one victory over the weekend for a shot at a NESCAC playoff berth.