DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College volleyball team came out of the gates strong, taking a 2-0 lead against Capital Athletic Conference rival York College, but fell just short of a huge win, taking the 3-2 loss on Wednesday night at Wentworth Gymnasium.
Jessica Tynes, Tionne Graves-Brown, and Codi Ziolkowski each finished with 12 kills on the night, while Tania Rounds finished with five. Charlene Coyne and Beth Schlecker each put down three kills for Wesley. Schlecker finished with 36 assists, three away from a season-high. Meghan Marshall finished with a team-high 14 digs, while Graves-Brown recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 digs. Ziolkowski, Coyne, and Rounds each finished with a team-high six blocks on the night.
Wesley came out in the first set on fire. The squad swung for a .310 hitting percentage, with 14 kills on 29 attempts and just five errors in the first set. Wesley allowed the first five points of the match, but quickly rallied back to draw within one at 9-8. The squad trailed by as many as five later in the match falling behind 21-16, but Wesley capitalized on four York errors to tie the match at 21-21. Down the stretch, Wesley leaned on Tynes who recorded the team's final three kills to earn the 25-23 first set victory.
In the second, Wesley fell behind again but rallied behind solid service from Rounds to take an 8-6 lead. The Wolverines trailed by 12-10 after two kills by Allison Dorsey put York ahead, but the Navy and White outscored the Spartans 15-4 the rest of the way to earn a 25-16 second set win.
The third set marked a shift in momentum. With the Wolverines leading 17-16 and poised to take a 3-0 sweep, York rallied for five straight points to take the lead, and closed out the set with a 25-20 win to make it 2-1.
Wesley led 19-14 in the fourth set and looked ready to take the win but York came storming back again. The Spartans rattled off five straight points to tie the match, and finished on an 11-3 run to earn a 25-22 set win and tie the match score at 2-2.
In the final set, both teams battled valiantly in a back-and-forth match. Wesley took an early 5-1 lead but trailed 8-7 at the changeover. Kills by Tynes and Ziolkowski kept hope alive for the Wolverines, but York took the fifth set with kills from Eryn Brady and Kelly Cavey, earning a 15-11 set win, and 3-2 match victory.
Wesley nearly earned their first victory over York since joining the CAC in 2007. Before Wednesday night, the Wolverines had never taken a set off the Spartans, but pushed them to the brink.
The Wolverines are now 10-6 on the year and will return to action on Wednesday October 7 when they take on PSU-Harrisburg.