Volleyball Lady ‘Cats fall to Davis & Elkins in MEC tournament opener


ELKINS – It was almost a mirror effort for the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat when they faced the Davis & Elkins Senators in the first round of the Mountain East Conference Tournament Tuesday in Elkins.

The two teams met each other in their regular season finale last Friday which went to Davis & Elkins in straight sets by scores of 25-23, 25-22, and 25-22.

Tuesday’s outing followed the same path as Davis & Elkins defeated Wesleyan by a 3-0 score by almost the same identical scores of 25-22, 25-22 and 25-23.

In the first set, a kill by Emily Doyle put Wesleyan ahead by a 9-6 score.

A kill by Lexis Tatum put Wesleyan ahead by a 12-10 score but the Senators scored five straight points to take their first lead, at 15-12.

Wesleyan was able to pull within one several times, including at 23-22, but they could never recapture the lead.

A kill by Davis & Elkins’ Maria Isabel Butruce Candiota gave the Senators the 25-23 victory.

Wesleyan took a quick 3-1 lead in set two but Davis & Elkins went on an 11-6 run for a 12-9 advantage.

A kill by Emily Doyle tied the contest at 15-15 but again Wesleyan was never able to take the lead.

They were down 24-19 and scored three straight points to close it to 24-22, but a kill by Butruce Candiota gave the Senators the 25-22 win.

Like the first two sets, Wesleyan took an early lead at 8-5 after a kill by Tatum.

Davis & Elkins scored four straight points before a kill from Wesleyan’s Joelle Lalla tied the contest at 9-9.

The Senators ran off three straight points for  a 12-9 score before Wesleyan scored six unanswered points capped off by an ace by Autumn Molenhouse for a 15-12 lead.

Wesleyan still led by an 18-16 score before the Senators scored five consecutive points for a 21-18 advantage.

Down 24-22, a kill by Lalla kept Wesleyan alive at 24-23 but a kill by Amaya Morales ended the Lady Bobcat’s tournament hopes.

Doyle smashed 14 kills to lead the Wesleyan attack.

Molenhouse had 20 digs to lead the team while Maddi Carpenter had a team-high 41 assists.

Wesleyan ended their year with a 6-5 record.

Davis & Elkins improved to 9-2 and will face Fairmont State Friday in a semifinal match-up.

The statistics:

Davis & Elkins 3                                                                    WVWC 0

(25-22, 25-22, 25-23)

West Virginia Wesleyan statistics

Aces – Anaya Hyman 1; Autumn Molenhouse 1. Totals 2.

Kills – Emily Doyle 14; Lauryn Antolock 8; Anaya Hyman 8; Lexis Tatum 8; Joelle Lalla 5; Maddi Carpenter 3; Makenzie Yates 1. Totals 47.

Assists – Maddi Carpenter 41; Lexis Tatum 2; Emily Doyle 1; Makenzie Yates 1. Totals 45.

Digs – Autumn Molenhouse 20; Emily Doyle 9; Anaya Hyman 7; Makenzie Yates 5; Lexis Tatum 4; Maddi Carpenter 3; Joelle Lalla 2. Totals 50.

Blocks – Joelle Lalla 3; Maddi Carpenter 3; Lauryn Antolock 2; Anaya Hyman 1; Lexis Tatum 1. Totals 10.

Davis & Elkins statistics

Aces – Macie Magallon 2; Mariah Autobee 1; Molly Jandris 1. Totals 4.

Kills – Molly Jandris 15; Macie Magallon 10; Mya Mintschenko 9; Maria Isabel Butruce Candiota 7; Brianna Portley 4; Brilane Manchego 2; Luann O’Kane 1; Amaya Morales 1. Totals 49.

Assists – Brilane Manchego 42; Briana Leon 2; Cynthia Arango 1; Maria Isabel Butruce Candiota 1; Mariah Autobee 1. Totals 47.

Digs – Cynthia Arango 13; Mariah Autobee 10; Brilane Manchego 8; Briana Leon 8; Macie Magallon 6; Luann O’Kane 5; Maria Isabel Butruce Candiota 4. Totals 58.

Blocks – Molly Jandris 3; Mya Mintschenko 2; Brianna Portley 1; Brilane Manchego 1; Macie Magallon 1. Totals 8.

MEC TOURNAMENT

First Round

Fairmont State 3; Notre Dame 1 (21-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-8)

Wheeling 3; West Liberty 1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-15, 25-22)

West Virginia State 3; Charleston 0 (25-16, 25-8, 25-23)

Davis & Elkins 3; West Virginia Wesleyan 0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-23)

Semifinals

Friday

N1 Fairmont State vs. S2 Davis & Elkins, 5 p.m.

S1 West Virginia State vs. N2 Wheeling, 7:30 p.m.

Finals

Saturday

Fairmont State/Davis & Elkins winner vs. West Virginia State/ Wheeling winner, 6 p.m.

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