Volleyball Team Returns to Win Column After Victory Over Cavaliers

Volleyball Team Returns to Win Column After Victory Over Cavaliers

BUCKHANNON – Head Coach Nancy Wheeler's West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team got back on the winning track Friday night, scoring a four-set victory over visiting UVa.-Wise in Mountain East Conference action at Rockefeller Center.

Wesleyan won the first set, 25-11, but dropped the second set by a 25-23 score. They came back to take the third and fourth sets respectively -- 25-13 and 25-21.

The win ended a four-game slide for the Lady Bobcats.

Wesleyan utilized a balance attack to control much of the match.

Wesleyan won the first set in convincing fashion, trailing only once at that was on the first point of the game.

The Lady Bobcats fell to a surging Cavalier squad in the second set.

Wheeler's troops regrouped to dominate the third set. Their biggest lead was 13, at 23-10.

The Lady Bobcats then held off the Cavaliers in a tightly contested final stanza.

Hannah King led the offense with 16 kills, followed by Emily Doyle with 14 and Leah Blend 11.

Katlyn Buckland recorded 44 assists from her setter spot, and also registered a team high two service aces along with Alexis McCollum

Defensively, Hannah Bradford produced 35 digs, and was complemented by 13 from McCollum.

Blend led all players at the net with three blocks, with teammates Ebonie Hicks, Buckland, and Doyle all registering two.

UVa.-Wise fell to 5-19 overall and 1-9 in the MEC.

Wesleyan improved to 9-15 overall and 4-6 in the MEC.

It was also a key win as it put the Lady Bobcats in a seventh-place tie in the league. The top eight make the MEC Tournament which is slated to begin in three weeks.

Wesleyan is back in action on Saturday morning, hosting Concord in a league tilt at 10 a.m.


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