Wesley Splits at Scranton Invitational, Graves-Brown Named Tournament MVP

Wesley Splits at Scranton Invitational, Graves-Brown Named Tournament MVP

SCRANTON, Pa. - The Wesley College volleyball team finished their two-day, four-match weekend with another split, taking down Cedar Crest College 3-1 and falling to host Scranton University 3-1. The Wolverines went 1-1 on the day yesterday to finish the Scranton Invitational with a 2-2 record.

Against Cedar Crest, the Wolverines took the first two sets with ease, downing the Falcons 25-11 and 25-8. In the third set, CCC rallied back to earn a 25-21 win before Wesley closed them out in the fourth with a 25-13 set victory.

Tionne Graves-Brown finished with 15 kills, tying her career high, and seven digs while Kristin Wissler led the team with 14 digs. Megan Marshall added 10 digs and Jessica Tynes contributed defensively with two blocks.

The Wolverines then went on to play the host Scranton University Royals. Wesley was ambushed in the first set, falling 25-9, but rebounded in the second frame. The squad rallied to even the match at 1-1 with a 25-20 second set win. In the third and fourth sets, the Royals put the Wolverines away with set scores of 25-17 and 25-14 for a 3-1 decision. 

Arnelle Akakpo and Jessica Tynes led the team with eight kills apiece against the Royals while Graves-Brown finished with six. Meg Fernandez put together a solid stat line, earning four kills on just six swings, and added an ace, a block, and seven digs. 

Tionne Graves-Brown was named Tournament MVP for her outstanding string of matches. Over the course of the weekend's four matches, the sophomore totaled 37 kills, 37 digs, and four blocks, including a career-high 15 kills against Cedar Crest College on Saturday morning.

Wesley improves to 3-2 on the season and will head to Washington D.C. on Friday to take part in the Catholic University of America Guetle Invitational. The squad will face host Catholic and Bridgewater on Friday and then take on Otterbein and Marywood on Saturday.