CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat volleyball team split a pair of games today in a tri-match hosted by the University of Charleston at the Charleston Catholic High Athletic Complex.
The Lady Bobcats pushed Charleston to five sets but lost a 3-2 decision (25-21, 25-19, 31-29, 25-23, 15-10) in Mountain East Conference action.
They rebounded to beat Malone University in four sets (19-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-23) in a non-conference clash.
The split left Ashley Ziegle and her Lady Bobcats with a 4-12 record overall and a 0-3 mark in the MEC.
In the first set against Charleston, a Leah Blend kill tied it for Wesleyan at 15-15, but the Lady 'Cats could never grab the lead away the Golden Eagles as they fell by four points.
Wesleyan trailed early in set two by an 8-5 score but a kill by Stacie Baumann started a rally for the Lady 'Cats as they scored 10 of the next 15 points to take a 16-13 lead. They would extend their lead as they put the Golden Eagles away, 25-19.
The third set was a marathon that Charleston won, 31-29. A kill by Baumann gave Wesleyan a 24-22 advantage in that set but they were never able to obtain the game-winning point.
Down 13-12, a Charleston service error tied the fourth set at 13-13 as Wesleyan catapulted that into a two-point win at 25-23 to force a fifth and deciding set.
A block by Baumann and Ebonie Hicks treated Wesleyan to an 8-6 lead in the fifth set, but Charleston won the contest scoring nine of the next 11 points.
Baumann led the team with 17 kills while Paulina Nottingham had 46 assists and three service aces.
Lexi Walsh had 22 digs to lead the Lady 'Cats.
Against Malone, they lost the first set by six but came back to take the second set easily by nine.
A service ace by Hannah Bradford gave Wesleyan a 6-1 lead and they never trailed in the second set.
Wesleyan trailed by a 20-18 score in the third set but rallied for the win as an attack error by Malone gave them the 25-22 victory.
The Lady 'Cats trailed in the fourth set by a 16-13 score but scored five straight to take an 18-16 advantage.
Leading 24-23, an attack error by Malone gave Wesleyan the 25-23 win.
Hannah King had a game-high 18 kills.
Nottingham had 32 assists while Katlyn Hoge had 18 digs.
Wesleyan will return to action this Tuesday as they travel to Glenville State for a MEC clash.
It will begin at 7 p.m.