Wolverines Fall in a Pair of Five Set Matches

Wolverines Fall in a Pair of Five Set Matches

LANCASTER, Pa. - The Wesley College volleyball team held leads in both matches but fell to Hood College and Lancaster Bible in a tri-match hosted by the Chargers on Thursday evening in Lancaster. 

The Wolverines got a pair of double-digit kill matches from Tionne Graves-Brown who tallied 14 against Hood and 21 against LBC. The sophomore added 18 digs against the Blazers and 19 more against the Chargers for a pair of double-doubles as well. Jessica Tynes had 12 kills against Hood while Codi Ziolkowski registered eight in each match. Beth Schlecker had a combined 80 assists on the night while Charlene Coyne led the team with eight combined blocks. In the back row, Meghan Marshall finished the five-setter against LBC with a season-high 25 digs.

Wesley started off on the right foot against Hood, winning the first set easily 25-13. The squad then fell to back-to-back 25-19 losses, relinquishing their lead to the Blazers who took the 2-1 advantage. In the fourth set, the Wolverines opened up with a 10-4 run and didn't look back, taking it 25-15 to force a deciding fifth set. In the fifth Wesley found itself trailing 11-5 but put together a 5-1 run to cut the lead to 12-10. The comeback wouldn't be enough though as the Blazers closed out the fifth with a 15-11 victory.

Against Lancaster Bible, Wesley jumped out to a 2-0 lead winning the first two sets 25-16 and 25-23. The squad seemed to be well on its way to a sweep but found themselves trailing 13-6 in the third. The Navy and White cut the lead down to 17-15 with a 9-4 run, but lost the third 25-20. The fourth set was a back-and-forth affair in the early stages. The teams traded points with Wesley holding a 15-14 lead. From there though, the hosts took over rattling off eight straight points. The Chargers closed out the set with a 25-17 win to force a fifth. In the final set, Wesley led by as many as four, taking a 9-5 lead. The Chargers came storming back though with four straight points to tie the match. The Wolverines took a 10-9 lead, but were outscored 5-3 the rest of the way as LBC took the final frame 15-12.

Wesley falls to 12-13 on the season and will return to action on Saturday when they travel to St. Mary's College for a tri-match with Capital Athletic Conference rival SMC and Messiah College.