WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster volleyball team celebrated "senior day" with a pair of sweeps on Saturday, and the Fighting Scots won three of their four matches on the weekend during the program's annual Ginny Hunt Kilt Classic.
Wooster (5-7) opened the weekend with a convincing 25-18, 25-20, 25-13 sweep over Colby College. The Scots logged a run of five straight points, or better, in each set, with an 8-0 stretch in the third frame breaking that set wide open. Senior Cami Miller was the catalyst in the third set with three of her seven kills coming during the eight-point run, while classmate Anna Medema served up three consecutive aces during the closing stretch.
Wooster, which hit .353 in the opening set and .476 in the third set against Colby, was led by 13 kills from first-year Hayley Nash, seven of which came in the first frame. Miller (seven), sophomore Brooke Swain (seven), and Medema (six) provided steady offensive contributions throughout the match, while junior Meghan Botsch's 11 digs marked the team-high. Botsch logged a double-double for the match with 29 assists.
Despite a season-high 24 digs from first-year Sydney Fitzcharles, Hiram College took Friday's nightcap from Wooster 25-20, 25-16, 25-14. Nash logged 13 kills for the second straight match, and she had a seven-kill frame, with that coming in the second set this time.
|Wooster swept aside Bluffton and Pitt.-Bradford on "senior day".|
Wooster rebounded to top Bluffton University 25-22, 25-23, 25-10 on Saturday morning. The Scots really ran away from the Beavers down the stretch, as Wooster smashed down 12 kills on 19 swings with a single miscue in the third frame. That equated to a .579 attack percentage. Sophomore Katie Billetdeaux was a perfect 4-for-4 attacking in the final frame, while Medema, Miller, and Nash logged multiple kills in the set.
Botsch (33 assists, 13 digs) and Nash (11 kills, 10 digs) both logged double-doubles against the Beavers, while Fitzcharles paced the team with 18 digs. Overall, Wooster hit a season-high .314 against Bluffton, with that marking the Scots' highest percentage since a .351 clip against Saint Vincent College during the 2018 season.
Wooster's weekend concluded with a 25-22, 25-22, 25-20 sweep over the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Both teams got off to a strong start, as the Scots and Panthers hit north of .350 in the first set, but Medema's set-high six kills tipped the scale for Wooster. In fact, the political science major book-ended the match with six-kill frames en route to a career-high 15 kills.
Billetdeaux and Nash backed Medema up with 10 kills each, while Miller wasn't far behind at nine. Fitzcharles' 16 digs marked the co-match high, while Botsch added a double-digit showing in that stat.
Medema was named to the all-tournament team at the conclusion of play on Saturday. She logged 32 kills, 16 digs, five aces, and four blocks for the weekend.
Nash's 47 kills led all Wooster players on the weekend, while Fitzcharles averaged 5.67 digs per set.
Baldwin Wallace University's Taylor Brown, Bluffton's Remi Bower, Bradford's Emily Cleveland, Colby's Nicole Petherbridge, Hiram's Lindsey Walker, and Oberlin's Maura Gibbs rounded out the all-tournament honorees.
Next, Wooster's off to Westminster College (Pa.) for a tri-match on Saturday, September 21.