WELLESLEY, Mass. – The Wellesley College volleyball team opened its 2011 campaign by hosting the Chip Case Kick Off tri-match on Saturday at Wellesley College. Case, professor emeritus and long-time supporter of Wellesley athletics, was on hand as the Blue fell to Endicott in the opener 3-2, but rebounded a match later with a straight-set win over Keene State. In the day's middle match, Endicott downed Keene State, 3-1, to finish 2-0 on the day.
Endicott 3, Wellesley 2
In the opener, Wellesley and Endicott split the first two sets, 25-20, 24-26, before Wellesley gained the advantage with a 26-24 win in game three. But the Gulls bounced back in the fourth set, 25-16, and held off a late charge from the Blue in game five for the 15-13 win.
For the Blue, Julia Adams tallied 10 kills, as Sydney Carfagno added eight. Isabel Custodio and Hilary Ayers split the setting chores, recording 22 and 15 assists, respectively. Traci Hamanaka led all players with 21 digs.
Endicott 3, Keene State 1
Endicott carried the momentum into the second match, snagging the first game 25-18. Keene State snagged game two, 25-16, but the Gulls took the next two sets (25-20, 25-11) for the win.
For Keene State, Bridget O'Bryant hammered 10 kills. Alex Lehocky, Braelan O'Toole, and Ellyse Davis chipped in six kills each. Laurie Whalen and Meryl Ragaini split setting duty, combining for 31 assists in the loss.
Wellesley 3, Keene State 0
In the final match of the day, the Keene State took an early lead over the hosts, but an eight-point serving run from Hamanaka gave Wellesley a 12-9 edge as the Blue pulled out a 25-21 win. Wellesley kept the momentum in games two and three, 25-18, 25-19, and coasted to a straight-set victory.