ATHENS -- West Virginia Wesleyan's volleyball teams split their two games on Friday at the Concord Classic.
In the afternoon, the Lady Bobcats rolled to a straight set victory over Salem International -- 25-18, 25-20, 25-20.
In the evening's final match, Wesleyan lost to the host Mountain Lions -- 25-22, 25-20, 24-26, 25-21.
Setter Katlyn Buckland set the table with 15 assists and 12 digs.
Hannah Bradford led the defensive effort with a team high 14 digs. Wesleyan won the match in a tidy one hour and 12 minutes.
Against the hosts, the two teams played to four very tight sets.
After persevering in the first two frames, Concord appeared ready to close the night, sitting at triple match point when they were up 24-22.
But the resilient Lady Bobcats rallied with four consecutive points to post a 26-24 set win and extend the match.
In the fourth set, Wesleyan had opportunities. They were close at 22-20 and serving, but the Mountain Lions materialized a late surge to seal the match.
Hicks and King again led the offense with 15 and 13 kills respectively.
Buckland registered 28 assists, complemented by MacKenzie Wheeler with 17.
The defense was led by Bradford with 22 digs, and five blocks each from Hicks and Leah Blend.
"Our team showed a lot of grit, and kept battling through a lot of game situations in both matches," remarked assistant coach Nancy Wheeler. "We made some mistakes, but they were aggressive mistakes. Concord has a nice team, and we played them tough. It was our best match of the season so far. They had a lot of fans there, and it was a good atmosphere to play in."
Wesleyan is back in action on Saturday with two more games in the Classic.
They play Shaw University at 1 p.m. and West Virginia University-Tech at 5 p.m.