Captains Blank N.C. Wesleyan 3-0

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Christopher Newport University volleyball team won their third straight USA South match as they defeated N.C. Wesleyan 3-0 tonight in the Freeman Center. The Captains improved to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in conference action. The Bishops dropped to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in conference.

The Captains controlled the action in the first set limiting the Bishops to only nine points. Freshman Jessie Kolden had six kills in the set while senior Chelsea McClure and junior Bailey Jensen had four each.

The Captains started the second set with two service aces from freshman Carter Petsos and got up to a 10-5 lead over the Bishops. But N.C. Wesleyan pulled to within three with the score 12-9 and stayed within three to four points of the lead until the Captains began to pull away eventually taking a 19-13 lead. CNU continued to put points on the board, winning the set 25-19.

The Captains got off to a slow start in the third set, allowing the Bishops to take a 7-3 lead before scoring seven straight points to take a 10-7 lead. The Captains maintained the lead, extending it to nine at 19-10. The Bishops tried pulled to within four points of the Captains but CNU was able to hang on for a 25-20 third set win.

Kolden led with 14 kills in the match with McClure and Jensen picking up 11 apiece. Jessie Heavenrich had 41 of the Captains' 49 assists. Kolden and Petsos both had great serves in the match, each picking up three aces.

Abby Hogge had 25 digs in the match while Heavenrich tied her career high with 19 digs. McClure got up defensively for three blocks to lead the Captains.

The Captains return to the court in Fayetteville, Va. with two USA South matches this Friday. The Captains are set to start at 12:00pm versus Methodist and at 2:00pm versus Greensboro.

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