DOVER, Del. – Freshmen Jessica Tynes, Tionne Graves-Brown, Tania Rounds and Codi Ziolkowski all recorded at least ten kills in a 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19) victory over Gwynedd Mercy on Thursday night at Wentworth Gymnasium. Wesley recorded a school-record 62 kills on the night and it's the first time the Navy & White have ever had four players with double-digit kills. The Wolverines improve to 8-3 on the season while the Griffins fall to 5-8.
Tynes led all players with 13 kills on 25 swings with just four errors to hit an impressive .360 for the match, while Graves-Brown added 12, Rounds 11 and Ziolkowski ten on the night. Graves-Brown also was credited with 14 digs to notch her second double-double of the season. Adding to the well-balanced offensive attack was sophomore Kadijah Doughty who chipped in with eight kills on just 17 swings and three errors to hit .294.
Perhaps the biggest reason for Wesley's barrage of kills on the night was the play of setters Beth Schlecker (30 assists) and Ziolkowski (27 assists). Meghan Marshall, who registered a match-high 27 digs as well, tallied an assist, as did Doughty, as the Wolverines 59 assists are also a new school-record. Schlecker and Ziolkowski also combined for nine of Wesley's 14 service aces.
Tatum Jones also had a solid night in the middle, recording a team-high four blocks with Ziolkowski adding a couple more, as well as six kills.
The opening set was neck-and-neck early on but Wesley took command with a 4-0 run starting with a Griffins service error, followed by a couple kills by Ziolkowski and another by Tynes to make the sore 9-6. After trading points, the Wolverines went on another 5-0 run to go up by seven before GMC cut the deficit to just 19-17. The teams kept in trading points once again until a kill by Rounds gave the Wolverines the opener.
Gwynedd Mercy led most of the second set but a furious Wesley rally gave it back the lead at 17-15 until a 4-0 Griffins run gave them back the two-point advantage. The Wolverines then went on their own 4-0 run to take a 21-19 lead but Gwynedd Mercy finished the frame on a 6-2 run to tie it up at one set apiece.
Neither team led by more than two points at any time in the third set until kills by Marshall and Tynes off Schlecker assists gave Wesley the commanding 2-1 lead.
After falling behind, 2-1 in the decider, the Wolverines never looked back in the fourth and final set and led by as many as 19-11 on a kill by Graves-Brown. The Griffins made it interesting with five-straight points but three consecutive kills by Graves-Brown, Ziolkowski and Tynes stopped the bleeding and Ziolkowski finished the night off with a kill followed by a service ace.
Wesley now travels to Rutgers-Camden for a tri-match against the host Scarlet Raptors and Misericordia on Saturday, September 20. The Wolverines will take on the hosts at 10 am followed by the Cougars at 12 pm.