Photography by Pete Galarneau, Jr.
Buckhannon, W.Va. – The Wesleyan Volleyball team picked up two Mountain East Conference victories Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at John D. Rockefeller. Friday evening the Bobcats handled Cavaliers of UVa-Wise 3-1 then turned around and conquered the Mountain Lions of Concord 3-1 as well on Senior Day.
The Bobcats came out swinging Friday evening backing the Cavaliers in to a corner after the first two games winning, both, quite handily 25-12 and 25-17, respectively. Wesleyan's front line was led by junior Erin Bond's stifling 15 kills and .480 hitting percentage. Hannah Moore joined double digit kills adding 10 while also contributing 14 digs. Camblin Leonard just missed out with nine attacks and Casey Pattyn added a season high 46 assists while Shannon Gregorek and Mikaela Hutchinson saw some quality minutes off the bench for the Bobcats.
After looking like a cakewalk, the Cavaliers ignited a spark and came roaring back in the third set stunning the Bobcats 25-23, drawing closer 2-1. Karley Allen and Santana Bishop led the way for the Cavs, each with 13 kills. The Bobcats would hardly entertain the idea of a comeback, however, fighting back in the fourth set to claim the set 25-23 and, ultimately, the match 3-1.
Saturday's rendezvous with Concord would be filled with emotion as five seniors stepped on the court for their last home match. The Bobcats were looking to avenge their previous outing against the Mountain Lions and improve their MEC record to 12-4 on the season. Wesleyan would, again, come out strong controlling the front line as well as the attacks from Concord. The Bobcats would pull out once again to an early 2-0 advantage before the Mountain Lions would scrap out a win, 25-23, scoring the last three points of the set.
Wesleyan would answer right back, claiming the third set 25-14 as once again Erin Bond contributed 15 kills, Aspen Weber 14, and Samantha Swann would add 10 for the Bobcats. Wesleyan's defense would tally 65 total digs in the four sets as well as 54 assists.
With the victories Wesleyan finishes the season at an overall 14-16 and 12-4 in the MEC. They now a wait to see their final seeding as they prepare for next week's MEC Tournament next week in Charleston.