BUCKHANNON – On an emotional night for the West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team, they took the second place team in the Mountain East Conference, the University of Charleston, to the brink before ultimately dropping a hard-fought 3-2 decision.
Charleston took the first two sets, 25-12 and 25-16, but Wesleyan rebounded to take sets three and four – 27-25 and 25-20.
In the fifth and deciding set, Charleston pulled away with a 15-11 victory.
The game was tabbed a Dig for the Cure contest and the volleyball team played the game in honor of Daniel Matter, the late father of current junior volleyball player Morgan Matter who passed away this past August.
The volleyball team held silent auctions and raffles during the game. Along with their previous donations, they raised $2,938.86 for the Matter family.
It was also a special day for Hannah Moore who recorded her 1000 dig tonight.
Wesleyan lost the first two sets but rallied for a third-set win.
The Lady Bobcats trailed by a 22-16 score but tallied four straight including an ace by Ebonie Hicks that put the score at 22-20.
Charleston scored the next two points to put the set at match point, at 24-20, but Wesleyan scored four straight again and a kill by Stacie Baumann tied it at 24-24.
Charleston earned the next point to go up 25-24, but Wesleyan rattled off the next three points.
They started with a Charleston service error and kills by Hannah King and Baumann gave Wesleyan the 27-25 victory.
Wesleyan never trailed in the fourth set.
An early kill by Paulina Nottingham gave Wesleyan a 6-3 lead and they never looked back.
Their biggest lead of the set was six following an attack error by Charleston at 23-17.
Wesleyan fell behind by a 9-3 score in the fifth and deciding set.
They clawed their way back to make it an 11-8 contest but Charleston pulled away for the four-point win.
Baumann led the team with 14 kills while Nottingham had a game-high 35 assists.
Hannah Moore had a team high 16 digs.
The loss dropped Wesleyan to 7-18 overall and 2-9 in the MEC.
Charleston improved to 21-9 overall and 9-1 in the MEC.
Wesleyan will return to action Saturday when they host West Virginia State at 5 p.m.