BUCKHANNON – It was a magical night for a senior playing her final home game for the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat volleyball team.
Senior and middle blocker Erin Bond (pictured) (Macungie, Pa.) recorded her 1,000 career kill as a member of the Lady Bobcat volleyball team against Wheeling Jesuit tonight in a Mountain East Conference contest at Rockefeller Center.
Bond recorded her milestone late in the third set.
"We are so proud of Erin for her accomplishment," remarked head coach Jackie Hinton. "She earned it. She has worked very hard here the past four years and deserved to reach the 1,000-mark. The fact that she was able to break the record at home and during her last game played at Wesleyan makes it extra special."
Bond's record-breaking performance was one of the few highlights for the Lady Bobcats as they faced their toughest opponent of the year in the nationally-ranked Cardinals.
The Cardinals entered the game ranked 10th in the nation.
Wheeling Jesuit took the contest in three sets -- 25-9, 25-11, and 25-17.
Wesleyan led early in the first set by a 3-1 margin and was deadlocked with Wheeling Jesuit at 6-6.
Wheeling Jesuit though scored the next seven points to take a 13-6 and never looked back in the first set.
Wesleyan again jumped into an early 2-0 in the second set, but Wheeling Jesuit tied it at 2-2 and then outscored Wesleyan 25-9 the rest of the way.
Wheeling Jesuit jumped into a 20-9 lead in the last set, but Wesleyan made a game of it. They took five of the next eight points to close the gap to 23-15, but Wheeling Jesuit closed out the win at 25-17.
For Wesleyan, they will finish-up their regular season on the road this weekend. They will visit Virginia-Wise Friday evening at 5 p.m. and then face Concord Saturday at 10 a.m.
Wheeling Jesuit improved to 30-3 and 14-0 in the MEC.
Wesleyan fell to 10-10 overall and 9-5 in the MEC.
The MEC Tournament begins Thursday, Nov. 13 at Wheeling. The Lady Bobcats currently reside in a third-place tie in the conference with Shepherd.
(Photo courtesty of Peter Galarneau Jr.)