BUCKHANNON – Head coach Nancy Wheeler's West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team battled to a hard-fought four-set loss to Concord in Saturday morning Mountain East Conference action.
After Friday night's victory over UVa.-Wise, Wesleyan fell to the Mountain Lions 25-19, 22-25, 29-27 and 27-25.
A kill by Hannah King gave Wesleyan a 14-11 lead in the first set, but Concord rallied late in the set outscoring the Lady Bobcats the rest of the way by a 14-5 margin for the six-point win.
Wesleyan battled back to win a tight second set.
They were down 8-4 early, but a kill by Leah Blend turned the momentum towards the Lady Bobcats as they scored six of the next eight points to tie the contest at 10-10.
An attack error by Wesleyan treated Concord to a 15-12 lead, but again Wesleyan fought back for an 8-2 rally to take a 20-17 lead.
An Emily Doyle kill closed out the set for Wesleyan as they won by three.
Sets three and four turned out just as evenly matched.
Unfortunately for the Lady Bobcats, the Mountain Lions were able to narrowly come away with extra time wins in each set to close the match.
Wesleyan was at match point in the third set up 25-24 but couldn't close the deal in the 29-27 loss and they were at match point 24-23 in the fourth set but again couldn't finish.
King led the scoring with 17 kills, followed by Doyle with 15 and Blend with 11. King went over 900 career kills in the contest.
Setter Katlyn Buckland (pictured) registered 59 assists.
McCollum provided two aces off serve.
It was a critical match in the MEC standings, as both teams entered at 4-6.
Concord is now 11-17 overall and 5-6 in the conference.
Wesleyan fell to 9-16 overall and 4-7 in the MEC.
Wesleyan returns to action Tuesday, traveling to Salem International for a non-conference match at 7 p.m.
They resume league play next Friday night, hosting the University of Charleston at 7 p.m.
(File photo courtesy of Brian Bergstrom/The Record Delta)