BUCKHANNON – A day after an emotional and disappointing loss to Charleston, the West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team recovered nicely today in a Mountain East Conference clash with the visiting West Virginia State Yellow Jackets.
Wesleyan claimed the victory today in four sets – 25-20, 25-22, 27-29 and 25-20.
The Lady Bobcats trailed early by a 5-3 score but took the next three points for their first lead at 6-5.
West Virginia State retook the lead at 7-6 but a kill by Ebonie Hicks capped a 4-0 run for the Lady Bobcats and gave them a 10-7 advantage.
Wesleyan never trailed after that as they opened up their largest lead of six, at 21-15.
They closed out West Virginia State by a 25-20 score.
The second set belonged to Wesleyan.
They dominated the set taking a 24-15 lead but they had trouble trying finish off the Yellow Jackets.
West Virginia State scored seven straight points to make it a 24-22 contest, but a kill by Hicks finally gave Wesleyan the win, at 25-22.
The Lady Bobcats had West Virginia State where they wanted them in the third set, at 24-23, but again Wesleyan couldn't put away the Yellow Jackets as they escaped with a 29-27 win.
The final set was a back-and-fourth affair with four lead changes and seven ties.
With the contest tied at 16-16, the momentum shifted to Wesleyan as they claimed the next six points to take a 22-16 lead.
They finished off West Virginia State with a kill by King.
King led the Lady Bobcats with 14 kills while Stacie Baumann (pictured) had 12.
Paulina Nottingham had a game high 42 assists and also had five aces.
Wesleyan improved to 8-18 overall and 3-9 in the MEC.
They will remain at home this Tuesday as they host Glenville State in a conference clash as they continue their late-season push for a spot in the MEC Tournament which begins in three weeks.
That game will begin at 7 p.m.