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Wilmington Volleyball 2019 Season in Review

After winless opening weekend at the Adrian Bulldogs Classic to open the season in late August, the Fightin' Quakers defeated NCAA Division II Central State University 3-1 on Sept. 6 for the first win of the season.

Taylor McCuistion (pictured to the left) racked up 13 kills and 10 digs in the win.

Wilmington's first home match of the season - also the first for Head Coach Andy Riesenberg (pictured) - took place on Sept. 10 at Fred Raizk Arena.

The opponent was Earlham College, a fellow Quaker institution. The two school's compete for an annual trophy - the Quaker Bowl - each academic year.

Wilmington fought off a set point at 27-26 and one the next two points via a kill from Jillian Wesco and a service ace from Karley Schlensker to take the set 29-27.

Earlham, which qualified for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament the previous two seasons, won the next three to take the match 3-1.

Jillian Wesco (pictured) led Wilmington with 10 kills and 22 digs in the loss.

The loss to Earlham was followed four losses at the Bishop Invitational hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University on Sept. 13-14.

The Quakers did record two more wins in September - defeating Ohio University-Chillicothe and Bluefield State University in straight sets

Morgan Loomis with a swing and kill against nationally-ranked Muskingum University on October 8.

Wilmington hit a tough stretch in a rigorous Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) in October. The Quakers did challenge Marietta College on the road, but failed to win a match.

Photos of the Senior Day match on November 2

John Carroll defeated Wilmington in three competitive sets in the match. Wesco tallied a triple-double (kills, assists and digs) in her final collegiate match to lead the Quakers in defeat.

Despite a 3-24 overall record and an 0-9 mark in OAC play, several individuals saw their names enter program record books for their performances throughout the 2019 season.

Jillian Wesco, despite playing only three years, leaves the program fourth in career kills with 494, third in service aces with 63 and fourth in digs with 709. Her setter this season, Summer Wilbur, leaves the program fourth in career assists (653) despite being the Fightin' Quakers' primary setter for just one season. Finally, Meghan Koch finished fifth in total blocks (110) and block assists (83).

Several single-season records nearly fell as well. Karley Schlensker, who came with a single dig of the record in 2018, now has her name in two of the top three slots as her 430 digs in 2019 are third all-time for a single season. Wilbur's 443 assists earn her a fifth-place spot in that category while Taylor McCuistion and Mariella Szrom appear in the aces and solo block categories respectively.