CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats opened their volleyball season two weeks ago with an impressive debut with a 3-2 home win against the University of Charleston Golden Eagles.
Wesleyan wasn’t quite as fortunate in the Mountain East Conference rematch with Charleston Tuesday evening in the Wehrle Innovation Center.
The Lady Bobcats were swept by Charleston, dropping the sets by 25-16, 25-17 and 25-20 scores.
After a 2-0 start to the season, it was the second straight loss for head coach Nancy Wheeler’s squad as it left them with a 2-2 record overall and a 2-2 mark in the MEC.
The victory was the first of the year for Charleston as they improved to 1-2 overall and 1-2 in the league.
The first set was close early on as a kill by Wesleyan’s Lexis Tatum made it a 5-5 score and a kill by Anaya Hyman kept the Lady Bobcats down by just two, at 10-8.
Charleston scored five of the next six points for a 15-9 lead.
A kill by Makenzie Yates kept Wesleyan down by six, at 17-11, but they couldn’t get any closer as Charleston went on to win by nine.
The second set went a lot like the first as a kill by Wesleyan’s Emily Doyle made it 5-5 and a service error by the Golden Eagles kept the Lady Bobcats down by a 10-9 score.
And like the first set, Charleston started to pull away at that point as they scored eight of the next 10 points for an 18-11 advantage.
A kill by Hope Arce-Reed pulled Wesleyan to within six, at 22-16 but Charleston scored three of the final four points for the win.
Wesleyan never led in the third and final set but kept it close throughout.
A kill by Ayers kept Wesleyan down by a 6-4 score and an ace by Doyle put Wesleyan down by just one, at 10-9.
An attack error by Charleston left Wesleyan down by two, at 20-18, but the Golden Eagles scored the next three points for a 23-18 lead. A kill by Jessica Sunnenberg finished off the Lady ‘Cats, at 25-20.
Doyle led Wesleyan with 10 kills while Payton Hefner had a team-high 22 assists and Autumn Molenhouse recorded nine digs.
Wesleyan will return to action Friday when they host Davis & Elkins in a league contest at 7 p.m.
Charleston 3 WVWC 0
(25-16, 25-17, 25-20)
West Virginia Wesleyan statistics
Aces – Emily Doyle 2. Totals 2.
Kills – Emily Doyle 10; Anaya Hyman 7; Lexis Tatum 7; Michela Ayers 6; Lauryn Antolock 3; Hope Acre-Reed 2; Joelle 1; Makenzie Yates 1. Totals 37.
Assists – Payton Hefner 22; Maddi Carpenter 8; Autumn Molenhouse 3; Makenzie Yates 2; Michela Ayers 1. Totals 36.
Digs – Autumn Molenhouse 9; Payton Hefner 8; Lexis Tatum 5; Emily Doyle 4; Maddi Carpenter 3; Joelle Lalla 2; Anaya Hyman 1; Makenzie Yates 1. Totals 33.
Blocks – None.
Aces – Briauna Pauley 2; Jaxin Melby 1; Madison Jackson 1. Totals 4.
Kills – Rachel Phalen 8; Jessica Sunnenberg 7; Beyonce Andrews 6; Jaxin Melby 6; Ally Fisher 4; Mckenzie Carpenter 3; Erin Thomas 1; Mackenzy Johnson 1. Totals 36.
Assists – Erin Thomas 14; Mackenzy Johnson 11; Briauna Pauley 3; Rachel Phalen 1; Madison Jackson 1. Totals 30.
Digs – Madison Jackson 8; Briauna Pauley 6; Jaxin Melby 5; Mackenzy Johnson 5; Mckenzie Carpenter 3; Jessica Sunnenberg 1; Erin Thomas 1. Totals 29.
Blocks – Mckenzie Carpenter 4; Jessica Sunnenberg 2; Beyonce Andrews 1; Ally Fisher 1; Jaxin Melby 1. Totals 8.