Volleyball Faces Setback at Wellesley

Volleyball Faces Setback at Wellesley

THE BASICS

-Score: Wellesley College 3, Clark University 0

-Records: Clark (9-8, NEWMAC 1-5), Wellesley (11-1, NEWMAC 5-1)

-Location: Wellesley, Mass. (Towne Fieldhouse)

-The Lead: The Blue of Wellesley College swept past the Clark University Volleyball team, 3-0 (25-14, 28-26, 25-15) in New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-Wellesley opened up a 5-0 lead to start the match, eventually jumping to a 19-10 lead in the opening set. The Blue never trailed, eventually scoring the final point in a 25-14 rout on a kill from first year Nicole Doerges (San Marino, Calif.) to take the first set. Doerges finished the night with 13 kills.

-Clark took a 5-0 lead to start the second set but the Blue quickly erased the deficit with a 5-0 run of their own. Neither team could pull away for the remainder of the set, as Clark would eventually take a 24-23 lead following a Rachel Webb (Celina, Texas) kill. The teams played to ties of 24-24 and 25-25 before Wellesley rallied from a 26-25 deficit for three straight points, as sophomore Molly Weik (Seattle, Wash.) put down the final two kills to clinch the 28-26 win.

-The Blue followed with another commanding win in the third set, putting down 14 kills on 22 attempts with just two errors to finish with a .455 attack percentage. Weik added two more kills and a block assists in the final frame as she and senior Michelle Li (Scarsdale, N.Y.) dominated play at the net en route to a 25-15 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Li finished the match with 37 assists to lead the Wellesley attack. Sophomore Lauren Gedney (Huntersville, N.C.) put down a match-high 16 kills and senior Samantha Hoang (Elk Grove, Calif.) tallied 15 digs to lead the Blue.

-Senior Ana Patricia Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) finished with 10 kills to lead Clark. Senior libero Rayme Quiban (Seattle, Wash.) tallied 11 digs to lead the Cougars on defense and Webb added 19 assists.

UP NEXT

-Clark travels to MIT for more NEWMAC action on Tuesday, October 9th at 6:00 p.m.

-Wellesley travels to Johnson & Wales (RI) for a non-conference matchup at 7:00 p.m.