Volleyball Lady 'Cats Drop 3-1 Decision to Urbana

Volleyball Lady 'Cats Drop 3-1 Decision to Urbana

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision tonight at home to the Urbana Blue Knights in Mountain East Conference action.

Urbana won – 25-19, 25-18, 24-26 and 25-19.

Wesleyan never led in the first set. They fell behind by a 7-1 score and was forced to play catch-up the rest of the way.

An ace by Katlyn Hoge brought Wesleyan to within four, at 12-8, but the Lady 'Cats couldn't get any closer in the opening set.

Wesleyan fell behind early again in the second set, trailing by an 8-3 score.

A pair of kills by Ebonie Hicks and Kaelyn Nash made it a 10-7 score.

The Lady Bobcats were never able to get closer than three points in the second set, dropping it by seven.

Wesleyan rebounded to take a hard-earned two-point win in the third set.

With Wesleyan leading 12-11, the Lady 'Cats rattled off the next five points to take a 17-11 advantage.

A kill by Stacie Baumann kept the Wesleyan lead at six, at 23-17.

Urbana tied the game at 24-24, but a service error by Mikaela Beck and an ace by Lexi Walsh gave Wesleyan the 26-24 win.

In the fourth set, Wesleyan trailed by a 9-6 score but ran off the next five points for an 11-9 lead. Hicks served for four of the five points.

Wesleyan still had the lead at 16-15, but Urbana scored the next seven points to grab a 22-16 advantage.

A kill by Molly Van Oss gave Urbana the win.

Hannah King led the Lady Bobcats with 12 kills.

Paulina Nottingham had a team-high 34 assists and 16 digs.

The loss dropped Wesleyan to 9-21 overall and 4-11 in the MEC.

They will return to action Saturday morning as they host Notre Dame College at 10 a.m.

It will be "Senior Day" for the Lady Bobcats.