SHEPHERDSTOWN – The West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team suffered a damaging loss to the Shepherd University Rams tonight in a Mountain East Conference battle.
With Wesleyan being the ninth team in the MEC standings and Shepherd being the 10th, Wesleyan needed to win their remaining three conference games to land in the top eight for a tournament spot.
A straight sets loss (25-16, 25-16 and 25-22) has now severely hurt the Lady Bobcats tournament chances – especially with the eighth place team, UVa.-Wise, earning an upset win tonight over Charleston.
In the first set, Wesleyan was down by two early, at 5-3.
With the game tied at 7-7, a kill by Moore and Kaelyn Nash restored the lead to the Lady Bobcats at 9-7.
Shepherd though went on 13-3 run to take a 20-12 lead.
Wesleyan scored the next three points to close it to 20-15, but Shepherd took the next five of six points for their nine-point win.
A Shepherd service error to start the second set gave Wesleyan their only lead, at 1-0.
With Shepherd holding a 7-6 lead, the Rams scored six straight to pull away from the Lady Bobcats taking a 13-6 advantage.
Wesleyan could not get any closer than six points as Shepherd took the second set, 25-16.
The third set was tight early as a kill by Moore deadlocked the score at 7-7.
Shepherd took at 21-15 lead, but a kill by Nottingham, a Shepherd attack error, an ace by Moore and another Ram attack error closed the gap to four, at 21-19.
Wesleyan couldn't get any closer that two points as Shepherd won by three.
Hannah King led the Lady Bobcats with 12 kills while Nottingham had 28 assists.
Moore had the lone service ace for Wesleyan.
Lexi Walsh had team-high 16 digs.
Wesleyan now has a 9-19 record overall and a 4-10 MEC mark.
They will play again Tuesday in a non-conference game at Point Park.
That game will begin at 7 p.m.