SOUTH EUCLID (Ohio) – A stunning loss ended the regular season for the West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team today against Notre Dame in a Mountain East Conference contest.
Wesleyan was looking to lock up a better seed in the upcoming MEC Tournament next week with a victory over the three-win Lady Falcons, but Notre Dame shocked Wesleyan in straight sets – 25-16, 25-23 and 26-24.
After dropping the first set, Wesleyan owned a 14-12 lead in the second set.
Notre Dame scored seven of the next eight points to take a 19-15 lead.
Wesleyan closed the gap to 24-23 on a Hannah Moore kill, but an attack error on the next play gave Notre Dame the 25-23 win.
Wesleyan owned an early 6-2 lead in the third set, but Notre Dame outscored the Lady Bobcats by a 14-9 margin to take a 16-15 advantage.
Notre Dame took a 24-22 lead but Wesleyan scored two straight points facing elimination to tie the contest at 24-24.
Notre Dame though scored the next two points for the 26-24 win.
Lexi Walsh paced the team with nine digs.
Notre Dame ended their season with a 3-13 MEC mark and a 4-23 overall record.
Wesleyan ended the regular season with a 6-10 MEC record and a 12-18 overall mark.
The Lady Bobcats still earned a berth into the MEC Tournament, but will enter as the eighth seed and will face nationally-ranked and top seed Wheeling Jesuit in the first round.
Wesleyan will face Wheeling Jesuit this Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
As the top seed, Wheeling Jesuit will host the entire MEC Tournament.