Two days after a hard fought match with regional powerhouse California University of Pennsylvania, the No. 14 Wheeling Jesuit volleyball team returned to the Alma Grace McDonough Center. The Cardinals remained undefeated in WVIAC after taking three sets from WVIAC-rival Seton Hill University. With the 3-0 victory the Cardinals improved to 18-2 overall and 6-0 in WVIAC play, while the Griffins fell to 7-10 and 2-2 in the league.
The Cardinals flew to a 20-12 lead and appeared to be firing on all cylinders when a shift in momentum allowed the visiting Griffins to make things interesting. Jesuit used a series of mini scoring bursts to build the eight point advantage, taking the score from 7-6 to 11-7, 16-10 and 20-12 before Seton Hill went on an 8-0 run to tie the contest at 23 points apiece. The Cardinals responded to the scoring outburst with the final two points as Jenna Pew delivered a kill and was part of a tandem block with Abby Wietrzykowski which secured the opening set 25-23.
The upset-minded Griffins continued to cause problems for the Cardinals, earning the first point and controlling the scoreboard until Jesuit took a brief lead at 10-9 and tied the contest. At 14-14, WJU's Emily Blank floored kill, which sparked a 5-0 run and allowed some breathing room for the Cardinals. Wheeling Jesuit increased the lead to 24-18, and Ashley Remlinger floored WJU's final point for a 25-20 win.
The final set was all WJU after a 6-6 stalemate. The Cardinals rattled-off four consecutive points and continued to outscore the griffins until the scoreboard read 19-10. The two teams traded points for the remainder of the match, and Jesuit claimed the 25-16 WVIAC victory.
Pew tallied a triple-double, collecting 15 assists, 11 digs and 10 kills, while teammate Allissa Ware registered a double-double with 12 digs and 10 kills. Wietrzykowski pounded out nine kills, while Remlinger and Blank chipped in five kills apiece. Mikayla Zernic and Madison Strall kept the offense in motion with 12 and 8 assists, respectively, while Makenzie Ripley had a team-best 15 digs.
Wheeling Jesuit will travel to Buckhannon, W.Va. for a WVIAC match with West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday, October 6 at 1 p.m.