Volleyball ‘Cats go winless at California (Pa.) Tournament


CALIFORNIA (Pa.) – The West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team is still seeking their first win of the season after going 0-4 last weekend in the California (Pa.) Vulcan Invitational.

On Friday, the Lady ‘Cats dropped a 3-1 decision to Indiana (Pa.) and then lost a 3-0 decision to Mercyhurst (Pa.).

On Saturday they lost a 3-0 decision to host California (Pa.) by scores of 25-17, 25-10 and 25-21.

They ended tournament play with a 3-1 loss to Bloomsburg (Pa.) by the scores of 25-23, 18-25, 34-32 and 25-21.

Things started off well enough Friday as they took the first set against Indiana (Pa.) by a 25-17 score.

I.U.P. took the second sets by 25-15 and 25-20 scores before hitting a 25-7 knock-out punch to Wesleyan in the fourth set.

Emily Doyle, Alexie Arnold and Kristina Aeschbacher all had five kills for the Lady ‘Cats while Ebonie Hicks and Lauryn Antolock each had four blocks.

Mackenzie Wheeler had a team-high 11 assists while Alivia McDaniel had eight digs.

Friday’s nightcap saw Mercyhurst take the first two sets convincingly, 25-11 and 25-12. In the final set, Mercyhurst jumped into a 6-0 lead and had a 23-13 lead before Wesleyan ran off six straight points to make it a 23-18 contest. Wesleyan closed it to 24-21 but an attack error at match point gave Mercyhurst the 25-21 win.

Arnold had a team-high eight kills while Antolock led them in blocks again with three.

Wheeler had a match-high 17 assists while Doyle had a game-high seven digs.

In Saturday’s action, Wesleyan dropped the first two sets to California (Pa.) by 25-17 and 25-10 scores. Again the Lady ‘Cats fought hard in the third set an owned an 18-14 advantage but California (Pa.) closed on an 11-3 run for a 25-21 win.

Arnold had a team-high seven assists while Hicks had a team-high four blocks.

Wheeler paced the team again in assists with 14 while Bradford had a match-high 16 digs.

In Saturday’s final outing, Bloomsburg took the first set, 25-23, while Wesleyan took the second, 25-18.

In a wild third set that was never-ending, Bloomsburg outlasted Wesleyan by a 34-32 score. Wesleyan had Bloomsburg at match point five times but was never able to get that winning point.

Bloomsburg took the fourth and final set by a 25-21 count.

Doyle had a team-high 12 kills with Antolock having a match-high six blocks.

Wheeler added 24 assists while Doyle and Bradford each had 24 digs.

Wesleyan, now 0-9, will open the Mountain East Conference portion of their schedule Friday when they play host to the Concord Mt. Lions.

The MEC contest will begin at 7 p.m.

They will remain at home Saturday at host UVa.-Wise in another conference clash at 10 a.m.

The boxscores:

Indiana (Pa.) 3                             WVWC 1

(17-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-7)

WVWC Leaders

Kills – Emily Doyle (5), Alexie Arnold (5), Kristina Aeschbacher (5)

Aces – Mackenzie Wheeler (2), Alivia McDaniel (2)

Blocks – Ebonie Hicks (4), Lauryn Antolock (4)

Assists – Wheeler (11), Maddi Carpenter (7)

Digs – McDaniel (8), Arnold (7), Hannah Bradford (7)

Mercyhurst (Pa.) 3                     WVWC 0

(25-11, 25-12, 25-21)

WVWC Leaders

Kills – Arnold (8), Hicks (5)

Aces – None

Blocks – Antolock (3), Doyle (2)

Assists – Wheeler (17), Carpenter (6)

Digs – Doyle (7), Arnold (3), Bradford (3)

California (Pa.) 3                        WVWC 0

(25-17, 25-10, 25-21)

WVWC Leaders

Kills – Arnold (7), Olivia Lundy (6)

Aces – McDaniel (1), Doyle (1), Arnold (1)

Blocks – Hicks (4), Antolock (2), Arnold (2)

Assists – Wheeler (14), Carpenter (2)

Digs – Bradford (16), Arnold (6)

Bloomsburg (Pa.) 3                    WVWC 0

(25-23, 18-25, 34-32, 25-21)

WVWC Leaders

Kills – Doyle (12), Arnold (11)

Aces – McDaniel (1), Aeschbacher (1), Bradford (1)

Blocks – Antolock (6), Hicks (4)

Assists – Wheeler (24), Carpenter (15)

Digs – Doyle (24), Bradford (24), McDaniel (23)


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