WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Wesley College Volleyball team dropped their first match but came back to win in straight sets in their second contest on the first day of the Gallaudet. Wesley took a 3-0 loss to Messiah but bounced back with a 3-0 sweep of Misericordia.
In the first match, Wesley had trouble dealing with Messiah's height at the net as the Falcons totaled 13 blocks on the day. The Wolverines hit at just a .024 rate for the match with Codi Ziolkowski leading the team with five kills on eight swings. Kristin Wissler added a pair of kills and eight digs for the Navy and White as they fell in their opener.
In the second match of the day, Wesley showed resilience by bouncing back with a 3-0 win over Misericordia in three close games. The Wolverines edged the Cougars 25-23 in the first game, took a 25-19 victory in game two and eeked out a 29-27 third game win for the sweep. Jessica Tynes had a season-high 12 kills and was just one dig away from a double-double with nine.
The third game provided drama as Wesley and Misericordia battled back and forth down the stretch. Wesley led 18-16 but fell behind after the Cougars earned three straight points. The Navy and White battled back to earn a game point at 24-23 and again at 25-24, but couldn't seal the match in either opportunity. Wesley faced an opposing game point but a Tynes kill tied the game at 26-26. Wesley conceded a point, giving the Cougars another shot at the win but took advantage of a service error to tie at 27-27. Codi Ziolkowski ripped an ace on the next point and Tionne Graves-Brown iced the game with a kill to finish the Coguars 29-27.
With the split, Wesley moves to 8-5 on the season and will take on DeSales and Rutgers-Newark as part of the tournament on Saturday with matches beginning at 12:00 p.m.