Lady 'Cats Rally To Down Shepherd on Senior Night

Lady 'Cats Rally To Down Shepherd on Senior Night

BUCKHANNON – It was a "Senior Day" that the five West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball seniors or anyone else will forget tonight when the Lady Bobcats hosted Shepherd in a Mountain East Conference contest at Rockefeller Center.

Wesleyan dropped the first two sets to Shepherd but roared back to take the next two to deadlock the score at 2-2.

After falling behind early in the fifth and deciding set, Wesleyan rallied for the win.

The set scores were 14-25, 24-26, 25-22 25-21 and 15-13.

"We played like West Virginia Wesleyan tonight," remarked head coach Ashley Ziegle. "The team listened to the game plan and executed it."

The win was the third in a row for the Lady Bobcats.

After dropping the first two sets, Wesleyan and Shepherd were battling on even terms as Wesleyan held a 13-12 lead in the third set.

Wesleyan pushed their lead to 22-18 before holding on for the 25-22 win.

The fourth set was a back-and-fourth affair as well.

Shepherd led by a 16-15 score and was still up by a 20-19 count before Wesleyan finished strong taking six of the final seven points.

Shepherd took an early 3-1 lead in the fifth set but Wesleyan scored the next five points to take a 6-3 lead.

The Rams came back to tie the game at 12-12, but Wesleyan scored three of the next four points including the game-winning kill by Hannah Moore.

Wesleyan racked up 58 kills with Moore leading the way with 16 and Stacie Baumann collecting 10.

Katlyn Buckland led the team with 25 assists while Mariah Williams had 24.

Moore also led the team with 19 digs.

Lexi Walsh had three service aces while Buckland had two.

The five seniors honored were Williams, Mikaela Hutchinson, Sarah Crowder, Samantha Sunshine and Shannon Gregorek.

"It has been a great season for the seniors," Ziegle remarked. "They have left some huge shoes for the underclassman to fill as we move forward."

The win didn't secure a play-off spot for Wesleyan in the MEC Tournament but it put them in a very good situation with two games remaining as they still hold down the eighth and final play-off spot.

Wesleyan, 12-16 overall and 6-8 in the MEC, now has game-and-a-half lead over ninth place Urbana.

Wesleyan will close out their regular season playing Urbana (10-15) next Friday and Notre Dame (2-23) next Saturday.