WC volleyball opens with pair of losses at MSJ

CINCINNATI — The Wilmington College volleyball team opened its 2022 campaign with a pair of four-set losses Friday to Earlham College and Wittenberg University on day one of the Charlie Wrublewski Invitational hosted by Mount St. Joseph University.

In the match with Earlham, Kerian Yarkosky and Sydney Geibel combined for seven kills in a victory 25-18. In the second set, Sarah Pohlman had two kills to pull WC within 21-20 but Earlham closed out the set for the win.

Sets three and four followed a similar script as neither team could pull away in the first half of the set. Both were tied 13-13 at one point, but Earlham pulled ahead by 4-5 points shortly after and hold on for a four-set win.

For Wilmington, Thomas had 11 kills while setter Andie Dolven dished out 22 assists. Blake O’Brien added a team-best 22 digs from the back row while Sarah Brown and Joy Bebe had two blocks each.

Against Ohio Wesleyan, Wilmington didn’t fare well on the attack, hitting less than .100 in three losing sets. In the winning set, consecutive kills from Geibel and Thomas put WC up 18-14, and the Quakers would not relinquish the lead the rest of the set.

Geibel had seven kills for WC while O’Brien had 23 digs.

Wilmington (0-2) will face Wittenberg University and host Mount St. Joseph today in the tournament.