Lady ’Cat spikers bow to Fairmont State in season finale

BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan’s volleyball team closed their regular season Saturday night, falling to Fairmont in four sets (15-25, 27-25, 13-25, 17-25).

Coach Nancy Wheeler’s squad now awaits word of their postseason fate. Wesleyan is 6-10 in the MEC and 12-19 in the league, setting in eighth in the Mountain East standings.

Against Fairmont, Wheeler’s troops pulled out an exciting second set 27-25, but could not carry that momentum in the final sets. Fairmont closes its regular season 21-10 overall and 11-5 in the MEC. They are fourth in the league standings. 

Wesleyan was led by freshman Emily Doyle with 11 kills. Ebonie Hicks added eight and Hannah King seven. Setter Katlyn Buckland delivered 32 assists.

  Hannah Bradford recorded 26 digs and also posted a team high three service aces. Senior Leah Blend ended her Rockefeller Center career with a team-high four blocks.

On Friday night, the Lady Bobcats fell in straight sets (19-25-20-25, 25-27) to visiting Shepherd for Senior Night at the Rockefeller Center.

Shepherd (22-6, 11-4 MEC) is ranked second in the Mountain East Conference, but was in danger of losing the third set as the Lady Bobcats held a 25-24 advantage into extra play. But the Rams recorded three consecutive points to close the match.

Doyle and King each registered eight kills, with setter Buckland recording 24 assists. Bradford posted team highs with 18 digs and three service aces. Blend led with four blocks, followed by Buckland and Hicks with three each.

Wesleyan  seniors honored were  King, Blend, Morgan Matter and Leah Casarano.

Wheeling Jesuit’s McDonough Center is the site for this week’s Mountain East Conference Volleyball Tournament.

Play starts Thursday and extends through Saturday in the eight-team single elimination event.

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