Lady Bobcat spikers take down Salem in straight sets

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BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat volleyball team returned to non-conference play against the Salem International Tigers Tuesday night in Rockefeller Center.

The Lady Bobcats won a 3-0 straight sets decision – 25-23, 25-16, 25-18.

The first set was evenly contested as four points was the largest margin and that belonged to Salem International, at 11-7.

A kill by Hannah King, a Salem International attack error, and another kill by King brought Wesleyan to within one, at 11-10.

A kill by Lauryn Antolock gave Wesleyan a 14-13 lead, but Wesleyan couldn’t pull away as the match was deadlocked again at 21-21.

Three straight attack errors gave Wesleyan a 24-21 lead and they were able to hold off Salem International following a kill by Emily Doyle for match point.

Wesleyan led from start to finish in the second set.

A kill by Doyle gave them a commanding 11-3 lead early.

Salem International took an early 5-2 lead in the final set.

Wesleyan scored three straight to deadlock the game at 5-5 and the game remained tied at 13-13.

The Lady Bobcats began to pull away at that point with a kill by Madison Cooper and an attack error treating them to a 15-13 lead.

With Wesleyan still leading by two, at 18-16, the Lady Bobcats reeled of three straight points for a 21-16 advantage.

King had a game-high 15 kills while Doyle had 12.

Katlyn Buckland had a game-high 27 assists.

Hannah Bradford recorded a game-high 18 digs while Doyle had eight.

Wesleyan improved to 8-11 overall.

The Lady Bobcats will have a busy homecoming weekend as they host West Liberty at 7 p.m. today and then face MEC league leader Wheeling Jesuit Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

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