Volleyball Team Falls Twice at Notre Dame Invitational

Volleyball Team Falls Twice at Notre Dame Invitational

SOUTH EUCLID (Ohio) – The West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team dropped a pair of matches in day two of the Notre Dame Invitational Tournament at Murphy Gymnasium.

Wesleyan dropped a 3-0 decision to Indiana (Pa.) and the narrowly lost a 3-2 verdict to Mercyhurst (Pa.).

Coach Nancy Wheeler's Lady Bobcats dropped the day's opener to Indiana (Pa.) – 25-15, 25-15 and 25-14.

Emily Doyle led the team with six kills while Ebonie Hicks collected five.

Mackenzie Wheeler paced the team with 14 assists while Hannah Bradford led the team with eight digs.

Game two of the day for the Lady Bobcats was a marathon five-set slugfest with Mercyhurst. 

The two teams battled for 220 total points before the Lakers finally prevailed over the Wesleyan squad – 25-20, 30-32, 22-25, 25-17 and 15-9.

Wheeler's troops put themselves into a good position, pulling out the tight third set to gain a 2-1 advantage. But the Lakers battled back with the fourth set victory, and carried that momentum into the decisive fifth set.

In a match loaded with big stats, several Lady Bobcats put up some big numbers.

Three different players recorded double figures in kills -- Hannah King with 12 while Doyle and Hicks each had 10.

Setter Wheeler registered 27 assists while Hannah Jones had 15. 

Defensively, Bradford posted 16 digs and was complemented by Alexis McCollum with 14 and Madison Cooper with 10.

Leah Blend had a team high seven blocks.

Wesleyan fell to 2-9 overall.

They return to action Wednesday night for their first home match, hosting Bluefield State in a non-conference affair at 6 p.m.