Wesleyan’s volleyball team won its second consecutive Little Three Championship Sept. 30 following a 3-0 sweep over archrival Amherst College on the road. The Cardinals (10-2) remain perfect in NESCAC play with a 5-0 mark. Shortly after, they saw their 10-match win streak come to an end as they fell to non-conference foe Endicott College, 3-1.
With Wesleyan’s win over Williams earlier this year, 3-1, the Cardinals claim the Little Three title for the second year in a row and third all-time.
The Cardinals won their first match of the day over Amherst by scores of 25-20, 26-24, 25-13. Wesleyan was led by first-year Maddie Kurke who was extremely efficient as she had a team-high 10 kills with a .529 hitting percentage. Mia Hogan ’20 finished with nine kills and a .400 attack clip, and Madeleine Lundberg ’19 finished with eight kills and 11 digs.
Wesleyan scored seven consecutive points early in the first set to take an 11-4 lead. Amherst closed the gap to two, 19-17, but the Cardinals rallied by outscoring the Mammoths 6-3 down the stretch.
Both teams exchanged points often in the second frame as it went back-and-forth from the beginning. Wesleyan led 24-21 but three straight points by the home team tied it up. The Cardinals remained resilient, however, and a kill by Nicole Hilton ’20 followed by an Amherst error led to a 26-24 win.
It was all Wesleyan in the third as the Cardinals jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back. They recorded 15 kills and just one error for a .368 hitting percentage.
Wesleyan dropped its second match of the day to the Endicott Gulls by scores of 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19.
The Cardinals return to action Saturday, Oct. 6 for a NESCAC home contest against Middlebury. The match is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
Read more in this Wesleyan Athletics press release.