WILMINGTON – The Wilmington College volleyball team established a three-match winning streak Saturday, downing St. Mary-of-the-Woods College 3-2 (24-26, 25-21, 26-24, 24-26, 15-10) and Boyce College 3-0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-11) on Homecoming weekend.
“It was great to be able to implement stuff we’ve been practicing effectively,” head coach Tim O’Brien said. “Our big focus was defense and our blocking and back row play were excellent.”
In the victory over St. Mary-of-the-Woods (SMWC), Jillian Wesco led the Fightin’ Quakers with 10 kills on 43 attack attempts while Mariella Szrom tallied nine kills on 33 attack attempts with just two error for a .212 attack percentage. Summer Wilbur (19) and Jacie Koontz (12) split the setting duties.
Defensively, four Quakers – Wesco, Karley Schlensker, Koontz and Taylor McCuistion – all tallied at least 20 digs. Szrom led the front row with nine blocks including four solo blocks while Morgan Loomis had five blocks.
In the win over Boyce, Wilmington’s second over the Bulldogs this month, McCuistion led the Quakers with eight kills on 18 attempts with two errors. Amber Rox chipped in five kills while Wesco had four. Schlensker and McCuistion combined for 31 digs in the back row while Wilbur led the team in assists with 11.
Wilmington (4-12) travels to the University of Cincinnati Clermont College Tuesday before opening Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) play at Heidelberg University Saturday.