Wilson College sports: Cairn defeated by Chambersburg’s Phoenix

Cairn University’s volleyball team fell to Wilson College Tuesday in a Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) match on the Highlanders home field at Langhorne.

The Phoenix (5-11, 4-2 CSAC) grinded out a win over the Highlanders (8-12, 4-2 CSAC) by a score of three sets to one. Wilson took the first, third, and fourth set by scores of 25-21, 25-22, and 25-14 while Cairn took the second set, 25-23.

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How It Happened

In the first stanza, the Phoenix jumped out an 8-2 lead before the Highlanders started to work their way back into the set, cutting the Wilson lead to just two points, 10-8. This sparked a 10-2 run that extended the Phoenix lead to 20-10.

Cairn would not go down easily, fighting their way back into the set and eventually cutting their deficit to just one point, 22-21. Wilson ended the set on a 3-0 run, taking the first set by a score of 25-21.

In the second set, the Highlanders took an early 6-3 lead. That’s when the Phoenix started to gain some momentum and flipped the score in their favor, 9-7. The two teams kept it close throughout, with neither opponent finding a solid lead. Later in the set, with Wilson trailing 21-24, senior Tia Jones (Springfield, VA., Lake Braddock) came up big with two, back-to-back, kills; cutting the deficit to just one point. Despite the effort, Cairn closed out the set, 25-23.

The Phoenix were all business in set number three, taking the lead early and extending their lead to 11-5. Later in the set, with Wilson up 19-13, the Highlanders ignited a big run that flipped the score and put them in front, 22-20. Not to be deterred, the Phoenix started a five-point rally that gave them the set, 25-22.

After Cairn took the first point in the final set, Wilson put together an 11-2 run that pushed them in front, 11-3. The Phoenix never looked back as they took the final set by a score of 25-14. 

Inside the Box Score

Junior Anika Eigen-Zucchi (Washington, D.C., St. Johns College High School) helped fuel the Wilson attack with 13 kills while Jones and freshman Deah Menedis (Reisterstown, MD, Franklin High) tallied 11 kills apiece. The Phoenix totaled 20 aces in the match with Jones collecting six while seniors Sierra Hill (Hagerstown, Md., South Hagerstown) and Tioleaoauli Posiulai (Waipahu, HI., University Laboratory School) both added four. Posiulai dished out the assists all match, gathering a total of 25. Hill and Eigen-Zucchi helped anchor the defense, finishing with 16 and 20 digs, respectively. 

Up Next

The women’s volleyball team will continue CSAC play as they get set to host the Patriots of the University of Valley Forge (1-12, 0-6 CSAC) on Thursday, October 21, at 7 p.m.

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