FREDERICK, Md.--The Hood College volleyball team (1-8, 0-2 CAC) dropped a 3-0 Capital Athletic Conference decision (25-19, 25-21, 25-20) to the visiting Wesley College Wolverines (4-9, 1-1 CAC) Wednesday evening at Gambrill Gymnasium.
Wesley held the upperhand throughout in first first set but the Blazers never trailed by more than five points. The Wolverines closed out the set on an ace by freshman Marissa Incitti.
Hood scored the first three points of set number two on a pair of kills by junior Kristina Straub and an ace by senior Ashley Burns. The Blazers extended their lead to 6-1 on a Megan Heidel kill, but the Wolverines crept back into it and eventually tied the set at 9-9 on a kill by sophomore Jessica Taylor. The Blazers and Wolverines exchanged points over the next several rallies but Hood managed to take a 21-20 lead on a Wolverine hitting error. But Wesley surged to score the final five points of the set and took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-21 win.
The third set was another see-saw affair which saw the Blazers come from behind to tie the score at 18-18 on three straight Wolverine attacking errors. Hood was unable to overtake the Wolverines however as sophomore Kristen Roberts served up a pair of aces and Taylor put down a kill to clinch the match for Wesley.
Straub finished with seven kills, seven assists and seven digs to go along with three blocks. Burns smacked five kills and chipped in eight digs while Heidel contributed four kills and three digs. Chelsea Weaver registered a team-high 17 digs while Leah Garland set up eight Blazer kills and matched her season-high with 11 digs. Additionally, Kristan Hawkins and Brittany Lethbridge collected five kills between them.
Hood hosts its second straight match Thursday versus Lancaster Bible College beginning at 7 p.m. at Gambrill Gymnasium.