BALTIMORE, Md. – Wesley College's volleyball team earned its first victory of the season with a 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 19-25, 25-21) win at Notre Dame (Md.) on Tuesday night at the MBK Complex.
A stingy Wolverine defense held the Gators to a -.050 hitting percentage while blocking six total swings. Freshman Paige Morris had a team-high five total blocks on the night while Lindsay DiMuzio was in on three of them. Meghan Marshall dug a team-high 11 balls as Wesley (1-4) held a slight 40-36 advantage in the category. She also served half of Wesley's 14 aces on the night.
A well-balanced Navy & White attack saw DiMuzio and Morris have a team-high seven kills apiece, while Tatum Jones recorded six. Cristina Marruffo also provided a spark offensively, adding five kills with zero errors on six swings. She also quarterbacked the offense with a match-high 21 assists.
The Wolverines got off to a slow start in the first set, trailing by as many as five on multiple occasions. Down 15-10, Wesley went on an 8-3 run behind a couple of kills by Morris to tie the set at 18. A see-saw battle the rest of the session saw the frame deadlocked at 23, but a kill by Jones and the first of seven aces by Marshall clinched the set.
Set two was much like the first as Wesley trailed early, but persevered to tie and eventually take the lead. Falling behind, 8-3, the Wolverines went on a 13-4 run to take a 16-12 advantage. Keying the run was three service aces and back-to-back kills by DiMuzio. Notre Dame would cut the lead to as close as 16-15, but an ace by Danielle Gehr and three-consecutive service winners by Marshall sealed the win.
After falling in the third set, Wesley controlled virtually the entire fourth and final frame, relinquishing the lead only once at 7-8. The teams traded points until Wesley started to pull away as Marshall served five straight points, giving Wesley a 16-12 advantage. The Gators would twice cut the deficit to two, but the Wolverines scored three of the final four points of the set, including a match-clinching kill by Jones to earn the win.
Wesley will now travel across the country to Thousand Oaks, Calif., for the Cal Lu Fornia Volleyball Tournament, sponsored by Posada Royale on September 7-8. At the Invitational hosted by No. 6 Cal Lutheran, Wesley will take on La Verne and Pomona-Pitzer on the opening night, followed by Macalester and Mills the next afternoon.