Middletown, Conn. – The visiting Trinity College Bantams dropped a 3-0 decision against the Wesleyan University Cardinals in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) volleyball action this evening. Trinity falls to 7-11 overall and 0-7 in the NESCAC with its fifth setback in a row. Wesleyan, ranked No. 24 in the nation, improves to 16-2 overall and 7-1 in the league with their eighth-straight victory. Trinity plays its third of four nationally-ranked team over an eight-day stretch tomorrow, as the Bantams take on the No. 18-ranked Johnson and Wales University Wildcats followed by a Saturday match against No. 14-ranked Juniata. The Bantams, who played No. 13-ranked Tufts last Saturday in its last game, will play both Friday's and Saturday's matches at Wesleyan. Set scores tonight were, 25-13, 25-15, and 25-13.
After some back-and-forth action early in the first set, Wesleyan pulled away with a 10-1 run to go-ahead, 21-9. The momentum remained in Wesleyan's favor early in the second, as the home team opened on an 11-4 run. Trinity got within five, 16-11, following a kill from sophomore Aly Conde (Danielson. Conn.), but it proved to be the closest the visitors would get the rest of the way. The Cardinals closed out the set on a 4-0 run. The Bantams scored the first point of the third but Wesleyan rallied with four-straight points and led the rest of the way. Conde recorded eight kills and a team-high .375 hitting percentage for the Bantams while junior tri-captain S Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) registered 11 assists and first-year Paola Matos (Bedford, N.H.) totaled 11 digs.