WISE (Va.) – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to UVa.-Wise in a Mountain East Conference clash Friday night.
Wesleyan dropped the first set by a 25-11 score but rebounded to win the second by a 25-22. They lost the third set by a close 25-21 margin and the dropped the fourth set by a 25-19 score.
The Lady Bobcats kept it close early after a kill by Wesleyan's Erin Bond and an attack error by UVa.-Wise's Karley Allen made the score 6-5 in advantage in of UVa.-Wise.
The Cavaliers though dominated the rest of the set outscoring Wesleyan by a 19-6 margin.
Wesleyan stormed into an 8-3 lead in the second set only to see UVa.-Wise come back to deadlock the contest at 18-18.
A kill by Samantha Swann put Wesleyan up by a 24-21 score, and after a service error by Wesleyan, Erin Bond treated Wesleyan to the win with a kill.
Wesleyan again jumped into an early lead in the third set by a 10-5 margin, but this time they weren't able to maintain the advantage.
UVa.-Wise took the lead on an Allen kill at 12-11 as the two team traded the lead back-and-fourth. Wesleyan had their last lead at 17-16.
UVa.-Wise would close out the set with a 9-4 run.
Just like the prior sets, Wesleyan started quick with a 6-3 advantage, but then gave up the next seven points as they trailed 10-6.
A kill by Wesleyan's Stacie Baumann deadlocked the game at 12-12, but the Lady 'Cats couldn't get any closer as they lost the set by a 25-19 score.
Bond and Baumann both had 12 kills for Wesleyan.
Paulina Nottingham had 41 assist for the Lady Bobcats.
The loss dropped Wesleyan to 10-11 overall and 9-6 in the MEC.
UVa.-Wise improved to 13-14 in the overall and 6-9 in the conference.
Wesleyan will have little time to relax on their southern swing as they return to action Saturday at 10 a.m. against Concord.
The contest will be the regular-season finale the Lady Bobcats.
The MEC Tournament will start on Thursday, Nov. 13 at Wheeling Jesuit.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)