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Chenard Leads Charge as WestConn Women’s Volleyball Edges Vassar, Falls to No. 16 Wesleyan

Chenard Leads Charge as WestConn Women’s Volleyball Edges Vassar, Falls to No. 16 Wesleyan

DANBURY, CT – The Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball squad fell to visiting 16th-ranked Wesleyan University, 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-14) before rebounding to outlast another non-league foe in Vassar College, 3-2 (25-23, 25-22, 15-25, 23-25, 15-7) on Saturday at Feldman Arena. Junior outside hitter Nicolina Chenard (Ardsley, NY) stepped up to lead the Colonials with eight kills against the Cardinals and a match-high 16 versus the Brewers. 

The hosts squared up against Wesleyan in the opening contest of the quad match. The Cardinals entered as the No. 1 team in the New England Women's Volleyball Association poll and 16th nationally. The Colonials had several opportunities to change the momentum but the visitors were able to finish on the majority of their chances. 

WestConn jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the afternoon slot against Vassar. However, the Brewers stormed back with a 25-15 third set victory. With the count deadlocked at 23-23 in the fourth, Vassar senior Jennifer Kerbs (Sacramento, CA) notched a game-changing block which set up the 25-23 win. 

However, the Colonials withstood the comeback and jumped out to a 12-4 lead en route to cementing the match victory. WestConn junior Victoria Alomar (New Haven, CT) fired home seven service aces in the match as they improved to 6-3 overall. The Brewers finished the day at 3-7. 

"We had a decent effort this morning against a top tier team in Wesleyan and we showed some spurts of what we are capable of in that contest," stated WestConn head coach Don Ferguson following play. "I liked the way we played against Vassar. We improved and learned how to finish in that match," he concluded.

In other action, Morrisville was able to hold off a rally from Vassar en route to a 3-1 (25-18, 25-18, 26-28, 25-22) victory. Seniors Amelia Baratier (Liverpool, NY) and Megyan Merrill (Millport, NY) paced the Mustangs, each tallying a match-high 20 kills. Baratier committed just three errors in the performance. Rookie setter Siobhan Moore (Leyden, MA) dished out a match-high 53 assists. Sophomore Claire Basler-Chang (Amherst, MA) led Vassar with 14 floors. 

Wesleyan upended Morrisville, 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-19) in other neutral action. Sophomore Mia Jago (Allentown, PA) paced the Cardinals with nine kills, while rookie Bella Ahearn (Orlando, FL) chipped in with eight. Merrill led the way for the Mustangs once again as she rounded out the afternoon with another 10 kills. 

Morrisville now stands at 6-3 overall, while Wesleyan remained undefeated at 6-0. The Colonials return to action against visiting Connecticut College on Wednesday at 6 p.m.