Women’s Volleyball Earns Split on Final Day of Regular Season

DALLAS, Pa. (10/29/16) – The Kean University women's volleyball team salvaged a split on the final day of the regular season with a 3-1 victory over Wells College after dropping a match by the same score to host Misericordia University earlier on Saturday.

The Cougars fell 25-23 in the opening set to Wells, but steadily improved and won the second set by three, the next by four and the final set 25-16.

Kean racked up 10 team blocks in the match against Wells and limited the Express to a .084 hitting percentage. Freshman Kortnee Nelson had a career-best 17 digs in the match and Julia Fiore added another 10 in that category.

Jesse Larkin accounted for a total of 18 points; 11 kills, a team-best three aces and seven blocks, including a solo stop. Joelle Tondi (14) and Sara Ridgway (10) also hit double-digit kill numbers.

Brianna Calvano (pictured left) had 24 assists in the match and finished with 53 on the day. Ridgway led the team with 23 kills overall and a .396 attack percentage. Alexis Whitney and Nelson both had 19 digs over the two matches. Larkin's 11 total blocks led the way, as did her three aces.

Kean also played well against Misericordia, falling in both of the final sets by the minimum two points. Ridgway had 13 kills in the match for Kean while Tara Welliver led all players with 17 there.

The women's volleyball team will next host Rowan University at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the NJAC Tournament. The winner will move on to face the tournament's No. 1 seed, Ramapo College, on Thursday in Mahwah.