The Atlantic Region Champions and No. 18 ranked Wheeling Jesuit volleyball team's 21-game winning streak came to an end in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division II Volleyball Championships on Thursday evening. The Cardinals fell 3-0 by scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-15 to the No. 7 ranked University of Tampa Spartans in Pensacola, Fla.
Allissa Ware opened the match with a kill, but Tampa answered and a back-and-forth battle began. Jenna Pew followed with a kill and a service ace, but Tampa continued to answer Wheeling Jesuit's offensive attack. At 5-5, a WJU attacking error and a Tampa kill gave the Senator's a two point advantage. Tampa increased the margin to three points, 9-6, and Pew grounded her second kill. A pair of Wheeling Jesuit errors, coupled with back-to-back Senator attacks, had the Cardinals trailing by five, 13-8. Tampa continued to attack the Cardinal defense, extending the lead to eight, 18-10, before securing the first set 25-16.
In the second set, Tampa rushed to a 4-2 advantage and the Cardinals made it a one point game at 5-4. Tampa retaliated with a series of runs, starting with a 4-0 advantage. After an Ashley Remlinger attack to stop the Spartan's initial run, Tampa exploded with four more unanswered points to take a 13-6 lead. The Spartans extended the lead to 20-10 before closing out the set 25-14.
In the final set, Tampa's high-powered offense continued to give the Cardinals trouble, eventually securing the match with a 25-15 win.
The Cardinals were lead by Ware and Pew with six kills and five kills, respectively. Remlinger and Abby Wietrzykowski added four kills apiece, while Rachel Caja (3), Madison Strall (2) and Corrin Early rounded out the scoring. Pew and Strall tossed 10 assists each, and Makenzie Ripley registered a team-high 11 digs.
The Spartans were lead by AVCA Player of the Year Danielle Selkridge with 10 kills. Marissa Lisenbee followed with seven kills, while Meagan Burke and Holly Reschke followed with six each. Kahley Patrick had 23 assists and Frances Cardenas led the defense with 17 digs.
The Cardinals finished the 2012 season with an overall record of 38-3 and three championships. Wheeling Jesuit secured the WVIAC regular season title with an unblemished 14-0 record and cruised through the WVIAC tournament before hosting the Atlantic Region Tournament.