Lady Bobcats Split Action on Day Two at Concord Classic

Lady Bobcats Split Action on Day Two at Concord Classic

ATHENS -- For the second consecutive day, West Virginia Wesleyan's volleyball team split a pair of matches in the Concord Classic. 

On Saturday, the Lady Bobcats opened play with a four-set loss to Shaw University 25-22, 17-25, 27-29, 19-25. In the evening session, Wesleyan closed their weekend with an exciting win over WVU-Tech 27-25, 29-27, 23-25, 25-21.

Coach Nancy Wheeler's squad started off quick against Shaw winning the first set. But with the match tied at one set apiece, it was Shaw that managed to pull out the pivotal third set 29-27. Shaw carried that momentum to a string fourth set close to the match. 

Hannah King posted a team high 20 kills followed by Ebonie Hicks with 15.

Setter Mackenzie Wheeler delivered 30 assists, with Hannah Bradford leading with 21 digs. Wheeler and fellow freshman Madison Cooper each added 13 digs. Leah Blend recorded four blocks.

In the Tech win, the two teams battled into extra time in each of the first two sets, with the Lady Bobcats prevailing each time. Tech did not go easy, as they won the third set, and pushed the Lady Bobcats to the brink in set four. However, Wheeler's squad made the key plays late to nail down the victory.

Hicks and King again led in kills with 19 and 17 respectively. Cooper added a season high 11.

Wheeler led with 28 assists, followed by fellow setter Hannah Jones recorded 23.

The defense was big for Wesleyan, with Bradford registering 24 digs, followed by Alexis McCollum with 13 and Wheeler 11. The "D' was also solid at the net, as Hicks produced eight blocks, and Blend and Cooper also adding four each.

"We had some unforced errors that hurt us in the Shaw match, but we were able to clean that up and make some adjustments in the Tech match," Coach Wheeler said. "It was big for our team to beat Tech, as they had already had some big wins earlier in the tournament. We had a lot more intensity with our defense in the win over Tech."

With the win, Wesleyan finished the tournament 2-2, and they are now 2-6 overall.

The Lady Bobcats return to action next weekend at the Notre Dame College Invitational.

They will play three PSAC schools in the Invitational as they meet Lock Haven Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Indiana (Pa.) and Mercyhurst on Saturday.