Volleyball Lady ‘Cats fall to West Virginia State and Charleston to end season


CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat volleyball team dropped their final two games of the regular season in the Kanawha Valley this past weekend.

On Friday, they visited West Virginia State and dropped a 3-1 decision.

They lost the first set by a 25-11 score but rebounded to win set two by a 25-18 count.

They dropped the third set by a 25-18 score and lost the final set by a 25-12 score.

On Saturday, they hooked up with Charleston and lost a 3-0 verdict.

The set scores were – 25-15, 25-20 and 25-15.

Wesleyan ended the year on a 12-game losing streak.

In Friday’s first set, the Yellow Jackets raced out to an 11-1 lead and never let Wesleyan back in the match winning it by 14.

Wesleyan turned the tide winning set two.

The game was tied at 6-6 but Wesleyan went on a 9-0 run for a 15-6 lead.

West Virginia State closed it to 24-18, but a kill by Jenny Lundy ended the affair and gave Wesleyan the win.

Wesleyan took an early 3-1 lead in set three, but the Yellow Jackets scored five straight for a 6-3 advantage.

Wesleyan countered later with a five-point run of their own for a 9-7 advantage.

With the game tied at 16-16, the Yellow Jackets scored four straight points for a 20-16 lead.

The Lady ‘Cats closed it to 21-18 but the Yellow Jackets scored the final four points for the win.

The fourth and deciding set belonged to West Virginia State.

Wesleyan hung around early down by just three, at 11-8, but the Yellow Jackets closed the game on a 14-4 run.

The Lady ‘Cats had four aces in the loss with Payton Hefner getting two.

Lundy led the team in kills with 18 and digs with 18.

Hefner had a team-best 26 assists.

Lauryn Antolock had a team-high four blocks.

In Saturday’s action, the first set was tied 2-2 early but Charleston scored nine straight for an 11-2 lead and went on for an easy 25-15 win.

The second set was more competitive as Wesleyan held an early 7-6 lead.

Again, they let their opposition make a run as Charleston scored six straight for 12-7 lead.

Wesleyan closed the gap to four, at 24-20, but a kill by Janeese VerVelde put the game away for Charleston.

Like the previous set, Wesleyan grabbed an early lead at 6-3 but Charleston ran off eight straight points for an 11-6 lead.

They closed out the set going on a 14-9 run.

Wesleyan had seven aces with Abigail Anderson leading the way with three.

Lundy had a team-high eight kills, Hefner had a team-best 11 assists and Anderson had a team-high five digs.

Wesleyan closed out their season with a 5-23 record overall and a 2-14 MEC mark.

The MEC post-season tournament will get underway Thursday with Wheeling as the top seed.

The boxscores:

West Virginia State 3                                                    W. Va. Wesleyan 1

(25-11, 18-25, 25-18, 25-12)

West Virginia Wesleyan statistics

Aces – Payton Hefner 2, Abigail Anderson 2, Morgan Johnson 1.

Kills – Jenny Lundy 18, Joelle Lalla 10, Lauryn Antolock 7, Madison Cooper 5, Savannah Hoffman 1, Abby Wezel 1.

Assists – Payton Hefner 26, Hannah Jones 14, Lyndsey Smith 2.

Digs – Jenny Lundy 18, Abigail Anderson 15, Payton Hefner 8, Morgan Johnson 5, Lauryn Antolock 2, Madison Cooper 2, Joelle Lalla 1.

Blocks – Lauryn Antolock 4, Joelle Lalla 2, Savannah Hoffman 2, Jenny Lundy 2, Madison Cooper 1.

Charleston 3                                                                W. Va. Wesleyan 0

(25-15, 25-20, 25-15)

West Virginia Wesleyan statistics

Aces – Abigail Anderson 3, Jenny Lundy 2, Morgan Johnson 1, Maddi Carpenter 1.

Kills – Jenny Lundy 8, Lauryn Antolock 6, Morgan Johnson 4, Madison Cooper 4, Joelle Lalla 2, Maddi Carpenter 1.

Assists – Payton Hefner 11, Hannah Jones 5, Maddi Carpenter 3, Abigail Anderson 1, Jenny Lundy 1, Kennedy Kuhns 1.

Digs – Abigail Anderson 5, Morgan Johnson 4, Payton Hefner 3, Joelle Lalla 2, Hannah Jones 2, Maddi Carpenter 1, Jenny Lundy 1, Kennedy Kuhns 1.

Blocks – Savannah Hoffman 1, Lauryn Antolock 1, Madison Cooper 1, Joelle Lalla 1, Jenny Lundy 1, Abby Wetzel 1.

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