DOVER, Del. – Kadijah Doughty and Codi Ziolkowski each recorded a match-high eight kills to lead the Wesley College volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-9) victory over Penn State Harrisburg on Wednesday night in the Capital Athletic Conference opener for both teams at Wentworth Gymnasium. The Wolverines improve to 11-6 overall and 1-0 in the CAC while the Nittany Lions fall to 1-14 on the year and 0-1 in league play.
While Doughty, the Milton, Del., native, led Wesley with a .429 hitting percentage along with a block, Ziolkowski also recorded ten assists along with two aces and a block to go with an impressive .278 hitting percentage. Freshman Tionne Graves-Brown led all players with 12.0 points on six kills, four aces and three total blocks.
Wesley was masterful on defense on the night recording 15 total blocks, paced by Charlene Coyne's five. Meg Fernandez matched Graves-Brown with three more blocks while Tatum Jones had two more. The Wolverines blockers and defensive specialists Meghan Marshall (18 digs), Rachel Hausler and Samantha Weber combined to hold the Nittany Lions to a -.025 hitting percentage on the night.
Beth Schlecker had a match-high 15 assists for Wesley.
Tied at nine in the first set, the Wolverines went on a 7-1 run to take a commanding 16-10 lead as Penn State totaled four-straight errors with Graves-Brown holding the serve for the Navy & White. Wesley expanded its lead to eight points later in the set to take the 1-0 lead.
The second frame was almost identical to the first with the Wolverines pulling away midway through the set. A block by Fernandez and the six-foot-two Coyne finished the second set of the day and Wesley maintained the momentum by taking a 5-0 lead in the third with kills by Doughty, Graves-Brown and Ziolkowski as well as an ace by Weber.
On Saturday, October 4, the Wolverines will travel to Arlington, Va., for a tri-match against CAC rival Marymount (Va.) and Methodist starting at 12 pm.