Volleyball Makes Quick Work of Bishops
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball team utilized a strong game at the net to defeat N.C. Wesleyan College in straight sets, 25-21, 25-14, 26-24, in non-conference action Tuesday night.
Virginia Wesleyan led 15-11 in the first set when a four-point run prompted the Marlins to take a timeout. The timeout worked as the Marlins reeled off six-straight points to go up 21-15. Back-to-back blocks made it 17-15 before an Amber Matalus kill extended the lead to 18-15. Kristina Scott put away another kill to make it a four-point lead. A block by Matalus and a kill by Elizabeth Britton capped off the run. The Marlins led the remainder of the set.
The Battling Bishops challenged early in the second set, trailing by just three, 12-9 midway through the set. Another VWU run, this time an 8-1 spurt, put the game out of reach as the Marlins led 20-10. The Marlins received three kills, a block, and two service aces over the span.
The Marlins jumped out to an early lead in the third set, looking to close out the match. VWU led 23-19 when N.C. Wesleyan fought back once again, cutting the deficit to just two at 24-22. The Battling Bishops fought off two match points as a Marlin attack error and a kill by Samantha Morton even the score at 24-all.
Callie Cline led N.C. Wesleyan (5-13) with 10 kills and 15 digs while Haileigh Riesenbeck tallied 11 assists and Emily McLain returned a match-high eight blocks.
Hall contributed 11 kills on a .391 hitting percentage. Wood finished with 20 assists to go with 12 digs from Emilee Pierson. Dare Wright made an impact at the net, pouring in seven kills and six blocks.
Virginia Wesleyan (13-6/6-1) looks to extend a five-match when streak when Washington and Lee (14-5/6-0) travels to Virginia Beach for an 11 a.m. ODAC start on Saturday. The Marlins will then face Mary Washington (11-7) at 3 p.m.