Lady 'Cats Earns Huge League Win Over Yellow Jackets

Lady 'Cats Earns Huge League Win Over Yellow Jackets

BUCKHANNON – Head coach Nancy Wheeler's West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team won their fourth consecutive match Friday night, defeating the visiting West Virginia State Yellow Jackets by a 3-1 score in Mountain East Conference action at Rockefeller Center.

Wesleyan dropped the first set 25-14, but came back to win the next three -- 25-16, 25-19, 25-20. All four contests during the winning streak have been four-set Lady Bobcat victories.

"Just winning tonight you can see their confidence growing and growing," remarked assistant coach Jennifer Hefner. "They keep playing harder and harder each time out."

After dropping the first set, Wesleyan led in the second set by a 12-11 score before but they ran off four straight points on a kill by Hannah King, an ace by Katlyn Buckland and two more kills by King to take a 16-11 lead.

Wesleyan outscored West Virginia State by a 9-5 margin the rest of the way for the nine-point win.

Just like in the second set, Wesleyan used a run in the third set to pull away from the Yellow Jackets.

Up 14-12, Wesleyan scored four straight point when Ebonie Hicks had a kill and then a service ace followed by two Yellow Jacket attack errors to grab an 18-12 advantage. The Lady Bobcats went on for the 25-19 win.

Wesleyan led from start to finish in the fourth and deciding set.

It was another solid night defensively for the Lady Bobcats, with four different players hitting double figures in the dig category.

Hannah Bradford led with 23 followed by Buckland with 17, Emily Doyle 13 and Alexis McCollum 10.

Doyle led the way with five blocks while Leah Blend and Hicks added three each. 

Buckland set the table for the offense with 42 assists from her setter position.

King delivered 21 kills with Doyle finishing with 11. Hicks and Blend added seven each. Hicks also posted a match high three service aces.

Wesleyan improved to 3-1 in the Mountain East Conference and 7-10 overall.

West Virginia State fell to 2-2 in the MEC and 9-7 overall.

Coach Wheeler's squad remains in league action Saturday, traveling to the University of Charleston.

The match will start at 7 p.m.

"Being 3-1 in the league is a remarkable accomplishment even though it's still early," remarked Wheeler. "Tomorrow's Charleston game is going to be tough. We are going to have to play well to beat them."