Atlantic East Conference Playoff Preview: Volleyball

Photos by Angela Benefield
Photos by Angela Benefield

DOVER, Del. – Coming off the heels of a four-set victory over Marywood on Friday, the Wesley College volleyball team earned their first conference playoff appearance in program history in the inaugural Atlantic East Conference Championship Tournament.

"Being able to host our first-ever playoff game is an important milestone in our program," said head coach Lindsay Beiler. "We have had underclassmen step up to replace a great group of graduates last year and they worked hard to get us to this spot in our season."

Wesley finished the regular season 14-16 overall and 3-3 in the Atlantic East to clinch the fourth seed in the tournament and the right to host a quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday. The Wolverines will take on the fifth-seeded Marywood Pacers on Tuesday.

"It was a battle when we faced Marywood last week and I expect another battle when they come back on Tuesday. Each team saw the other's strengths and weaknesses, so we must plan accordingly."

Wesley has played well at home this season, winning 10 of the 14 games in the friendly confines of Wentworth Gymnasium.

The Wesley attack all season has been led by Regan Healey. Healey ranks fifth in the Atlantic East in points (293.3) and seventh in kills (245). Healey has also chipped in on the defensive side with 356 digs, which places her seventh in the conference.

Joining Healey on the attack is Mary Getty, Nya Lightfoot, Micah Wright and Elisa Hackendorn. Getty (169), Hackendorn (148), Wright (148) and Lightfoot (107) all have over 100 kills on the year. Getty also ranks third in the Atlantic East in hitting percentage (.278) and fifth in service aces (42).

Lindsay Burg and Teaghen Vogelsang split time as the setter in the Wesley rotation. Burg became Wesley's all-time leader in assists against Immaculata on Oct. 20. Burg totaled 457 assists on the year along with 255 digs and 33 service aces. The lone senior on the team, Vogelsang registered 280 assists and 30 blocks in 2018.

The back line is paced by Caelli Clifford, who sits second in the conference in digs per set (5.75) and sixth in total digs (385). Allison Mills also played well as a defensive specialist with 220 digs on the season.

The match between Wesley and Marywood will start at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Wentworth Gymnasium. If Wesley wins, the Wolverines will travel to Cabrini or Marymount on Thursday.