Graves-Brown Paces Wolverines in Opener

Graves-Brown Paces Wolverines in Opener

DOVER, Del. - There were some tense moments but at the night the Wesley College volleyball team breathed a sigh of relief as they earned a 3-1 victory over Notre Dame of Maryland University on Tuesday night at Wentworth Gymnasium.

The Wolverines took the first two sets by two points each, winning 26-24 and 25-23 before dropping the third to the Gators 20-25. In the fourth set, the home team pulled away but nearly let the Gators back into it as the visitors rallied off four straight points to tighten the match. In the end, Wesley earned the 25-17 set victory to take the match.

Tionne Graves-Brown led the Wolverines with 15 kills, tying a career-high and was one dig shy of a double-double, tallying nine. Codi Ziolkowski registered nine kills and tallied three blocks as well. Jessica Tynes had seven kills and was one of three Wolverines with a pair of service aces. Beth Schlecker had a stellar all-around performance, dishing off 33 assists, earning five kills, and chipping in with two blocks and three digs.

Defensively, libero Meghan Marshall led the team with 18 digs while Tania Rounds tallied 10. Charlene Coyne led the team with four blocks while Graves-Brown registered the only solo block of the night for the home team. 

Ashley Pasker tallied 17 kills for the Gators, a match-high, and Cleaya Antes registered 25 digs for the visitors. 

In the first set, Wesley avoided a pair of match points to earn the win. Trailing 24-22, the Wolverines capitalized on a pair of errors to tie the match and Rounds buried a huge kill to give the team a 25-24 lead. Tynes served it out as the squad took a 1-0 lead.

In the second set, Wesley trailed by as many as four points but went on an 11-3 run to take a 19-15 lead. Tynes set the pace with five kills in the set as the team took a 2-0 advantage with a25-23 set victory.

Notre Dame responded in the third set, jumping out to a 12-7 lead. Wesley regained control as Tania Rounds served up eight straight points, but the Gators continued to feed Pasker and took a 21-20 late in the set. The visitors rattled off five straight to close out the set with a 25-20 win.

In the fourth, the Wolverines took control early and never let up. Back-to-back kills from Graves-Brown set the tone and a Tynes service ace built momentum as the team took a 4-1 lead. Every time the Gators drew close the Wolverines would feed Graves-Brown again to distance themselves. The sophomore finished with nine kills in the fourth set alone as the Wolverines rolled to a 25-17 set win and a 3-1 match victory.

Wesley improves to 1-0 on the season, beginning their campaign with a win for the third straight year. The squad will return to action on Friday when they travel to Scranton University for the Scranton Invitational. The team will take on Union (N.Y.) at 4:30 p.m. and Wentworth at 8:30 p.m.