Wolverines Outlasted by Knights in Season Finale

Photo Credit: Gary Emeigh
Photo Credit: Gary Emeigh

DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College volleyball team took an early 2-0 lead but ultimately fell 3-2 to Southern Virginia University on Saturday afternoon in their season finale.

Tionne Graves-Brown led the team in 16 kills and 17 digs to record her 12th double-double of the season. Meghan Marshall finished with 15 digs, ending her career with a Wesley program record 1,592 career digs. Samantha Weber also finished with 11 digs. Tania Rounds finished with 11 kills and Codi Ziolkowski recorded nine kills. Kristin Wissler led the team with three service aces while Ziolkowski and Charlene Coyne each had two blocks.

The Wolverines earned a 25-22 first set win to take a lead. Graves-Brown had five kills in the first set alone as the team hit 0.211 while holding the Southern Virginia team to just a .081 hitting percentage.

In the second set, the Wolverines swung even better, hitting .286 in a 25-21 victory. With a 2-0 lead, the Wesley squad looked poised to earn the sweep, but Southern Virginia had other plans.

The Knights went on to win the next two sets by scores of 25-12 and 25-20 to level the match and force a decided fifth set. Wesley was held to just 10 kills in the third and fourth sets combined while the Knights earned 30 kills in the two sets combined.

In the fifth, Wesley jumped out to a 9-6 lead on two kills apiece from Ziolkowski and Rounds. The Knights then rallied off six points to take a 12-9 lead. The squad continued to battle as the final set went to match point, but SVU pulled away for a 15-12 set win to earn the 3-2 victory.

The Wolverines end their season with a 12-17 mark including a 1-8 mark in conference. The squad graduates defensive specialists Meghan Marshall and Samantha Weber but will return a large nucleus of their roster for next season.