Volleyball Drops CAC Opener

Meghan Marshall
Meghan Marshall

DOVER, Del. – Despite a match-high 13 digs by Meghan Marshall, the Wesley College volleyball team fell to St. Mary's (Md.), 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-18) in Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night at Wentworth Gymnasium.  The Wolverines move to 2-8 overall and 0-1 in the CAC while the Seahawks improve to 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in league play.

A freshman from Wilmington, Del., Marshall kept the Navy & White in the match as Wesley out-dug St. Mary's, 30-20.  Despite Wesley's defensive prowess, the Wolverines hit just .027, while the Seahawks hit .241 and recorded eight total blocks. St. Mary's also tallied ten service aces on the night.

Wesley stayed with the Seahawks throughout most of the first set, but after a kill from Lindsay DiMuzio tied the frame at 16, St. Mary's ran off three set points to force a Wolverine timeout.  Another two Seahawk points led to another break in play, but Wesley was still unable to stop the bleeding.

The early portion of the second set was much like the first, but after Wesley tied the frame at nine on a Sharis Allen kill and a Seahawk ball handling error, St. Mary's pulled away with nine straight points.

Set three was much of the same as the teams traded points until St. Mary's scored eight straight to take a 24-16 advantage.  Kills by Tatum Jones and DiMuzio cut the deficit to 24-18, but after an attack error by SMC, the Seahawks put the match away with a kill.

DiMuzio led the Wolverines offense with eight kills and also dug out seven balls while Allen finished with four.  Alysha Brannon, Marshall and Jones all contributed three kills apiece, but Jones hit a team-high .333 with just one error on six swings. Cristina Marruffo had a match-high 22 assists.

Jacquelle Boone also played well defensively with three total blocks to go with a couple kills.

Mandy Goodspeed paced St. Mary's with ten hills while hitting .500.  She also had a match-high four total blocks.

The Wolverines return to the hardwood on Friday-Saturday, September 14-15, at the Neumann Knights Invitational.  Wesley will take on Rutgers-Camden and Immaculata on the opening day before rumbling with Bryn Mawr and Pitt.-Bradford the following morning.