VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball team continued their undefeated streak to start the year as the team dropped Roanoke, 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-13), Wednesday evening at the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the victory, the Marlins improve to 9-0 on the season and pick up their first ODAC victory. Roanoke slides to 5-4 on the season (0-1 ODAC).
The first set saw the teams neck-and-neck nearly the entire way. The Marlins stretched their lead out to four points (22-18) late in the frame but Roanoke stormed back, taking the first set. Not discouraged by the loss, the Marlins went on an early 10-3 run to break away. The Maroons narrowed the deficit to just one point later in the stanza, but Virginia Wesleyan held on to even the set score.
A similar run, this time 8-2, gave the Marlins a comfortable cushion in set three. Just two points away from closing out the set, Roanoke had a run of their own as they chipped away six points to come within two. An Amber Matalus kill to close it out would put the Marlins up 2-1. In the fourth and what would be final set, the Marlins left no doubt as they hit at a clip of .371. Haley Sutton tossed up two aces back-to-back in the middle of the match and fellow setter, Meghan Wood, closed things out with a five-serve streak.
Offensively, Matalus really opened things up as she led the team with 14 kills and notched a .423 kill percentage. Aiding in the action was fellow senior Lauren Topper who collected 12 kills on the evening.
Setting duties were nearly split as the Wood (24) and Sutton (22) combined for 46 assists on the night.
Sydney Collins worked hard from the middle position as she chipped in on six blocks throughout the match.
Volleyball will return to action once again as the team takes on Johns Hopkins University at the Mary Washington Quad on Friday.