ATHENS – The West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team was put on upset notice by the winless Concord Mt. Lions Tuesday night in their Mountain East Conference encounter.
Concord, seeking their first win of the year, downed Wesleyan in the second set by a 29-27 score after Wesleyan took the first set by a 25-21 score.
Wesleyan shrugged off the upset bid though taking the next two sets for the win – 31-29 and 25-20.
The win kept head coach Nancy Hefner’s squad in third place in the MEC South with a 6-3 record overall and 6-3 in the MEC.
Davis & Elkins is in second place with a 6-2 mark in the South as the two teams square off in the regular-season finale for both squads Friday night.
The Senators have the winless Mt. Lions today before hosting Wesleyan on Friday.
The Lady ‘Cats could take the second seed with a win as they would have the tiebreaker having defeated Davis & Elkins once during the regular season already.
In Tuesday’s action, Concord’s only lead in the first set was at 4-3.
Wesleyan scored five of the next six points for an 8-5 lead.
Wesleyan led by four, at 21-17, but Concord scored four straight points to deadlock the game at 21-21.
The Lady Bobcats closed with a flourish taking the next four points and the 25-21 win.
Concord led throughout most of the second set, but Wesleyan took a 24-23 lead after a Mt. Lion attack error.
Wesleyan couldn’t end the match though, and led at match-point again at 27-26, but Concord scored the final three points for the 29-27 win.
Neither team could pull away from each other in the third set as two points was the biggest lead for either team with the contest tied at 21-21.
Concord ran off three straight points for a 24-21 lead but couldn’t close out the set.
Wesleyan tallied five of the next six points for a 26-25 lead and finally put Concord away on a kill by Emily Doyle, at 31-29.
Wesleyan fell behind by an 11-5 score in the fourth set but rebounded to take a 14-13 lead after a 6-0 run capped off by a kill by Lauryn Antolock.
With the game tied at 17-17, Wesleyan scored four straight points including getting an ace from Anaya Hyman for a 21-17 advantage.
A kill from Antolock put Concord away in the 25-20 win.
Antolock had a career high 18 kills for Wesleyan.
Payton Hefner had a team-high 43 assists while Autumn Molenhouse had a team-high 13 digs.
Following their regular-season finale Friday at D&E, the Lady ‘Cats will start play in the MEC Tournament on Tuesday.
WVWC 3 Concord 1
(25-21, 27-29, 31-29, 25-20)
West Virginia Wesleyan statistics
Aces – Payton Hefner 4; Anaya Hyman 3; Autumn Molenhouse 1. Totals 8.
Kills – Lauryn Antolock 18; Anaya Hyman 15; Lexis Tatum 14; Emily Doyle 12; Joelle Lalla 7; Makenzie Yates 2; Payton Hefner 1. Totals 69.
Assists – Payton Hefner 43; Maddi Carpenter 10; Imara Person 5; Autumn Molenhouse 4; Emily Doyle 1; Lexis Tatum 1. Totals 64.
Digs – Autumn Molenhouse 13; Lexis Tatum 11; Emily Doyle 8; Anaya Hyman 7; Payton Hefner 6; Abigail Anderson 6; Lauryn Antolock 5; Joelle Lalla 1; Maddi Carpenter 1; Makenzie Yates 1; Hannah Spruce 1; Imara Person 1. Totals 61.
Blocks – Lauryn Antolock 1; Anaya Hyman 1; Hope Arce-Reed 1. Total 3.
Aces – Kirsti Pouncy 3; Sheridan Herron 2; Kelli Ellison 2; Kristin Lough 2. Totals 9.
Kills – Amber Hall 14; Sheridan Herron 12; Kirstie Pouncy 7; Peyton Wiseman 6; Jessica King 5; Kenzie Coutler 1; Kristin Lough 1. Totals 46.
Assists – Imani Rodgers 22; Kristin Lough 19; Lindsay Maddox 2; Kelli Ellison 2. Totals 45.
Digs – Lindsay Maddox 24; Kirsti Pouncy 13; Kelli Ellison 8; Imani Rodgers 5; Kristin Lough 3; Jessica King 2; Kenzie Coulter 1; Amber Hall 1. Totals 57.
Blocks – Sheridan Herron 7; Amber Hall 7; Jessica King 4; Kenzie Coulter 3; Peyton Wiseman 3; Kirsti Pouncy 1. Totals 25.