PHILIPPI – The West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team saw their losing streak extend to five games with a 3-1 non-conference loss Tuesday evening to the Alderson Broaddus Battlers.
Wesleyan dropped the first set by a 25-13 score but rebounded to win the second set, 25-14.
They dropped the third set, 25-20, and the fourth set, 25-18.
The loss left the Lady ‘Cats with a 5-16 record.
In set one, Wesleyan took a quick 2-0 lead but it was all Alderson Broaddus after that.
The Battlers scored 10 of the next 12 points for a 10-4 lead and then after they went up by a 14-8, Alderson Broaddus scored five straight for a 19-8 lead.
A kill by Jocie Fischer gave Alderson Broaddus their 25-13 win.
Wesleyan returned the favor in set two.
The Lady ‘Cats raced out to a 5-1 lead, and after the Battlers tied it at 5-5, Wesleyan went on a 5-0 run to take a 10-5 lead.
A kill by Madison Cooper upped the Lady Bobcat lead to 14-7.
Wesleyan extended their lead to nine, at 21-12, and an attack error by Fisher gave the visitors the 25-14 win.
Wesleyan trailed by eight in the third set, at 13-5, but roared back to outscore the Battlers by a 13-5 score deadlocking the contest at 18-18.
Alderson Broaddus answered with four straight points for a 22-18 advantage.
Wesleyan closed it to 22-20, but Alderson Broaddus scored the final three points for the win.
The Lady ‘Cats were able to hang around Alderson Broaddus in the final set, down by just two at 18-16.
The Battlers scored five straight points for a 23-16 lead and Wesleyan wasn’t able to get any closer as they lost by seven.
Wesleyan served up seven aces in the loss with Maddi Carpenter leading the way with three.
Jenny Lundy paced the team in kills with nine while Payton Hefner and Carpenter each had a team-high 14 assists.
Abigail Anderson had a team-best 12 digs while Lauryn Antolock had three blocks.
Wesleyan will return to action today when they host Concord at 7 p.m. and then will entertain Glenville State Saturday at 1 p.m.
Alderson Broaddus 3 Wesleyan 1
(25-13, 14-25, 25-20, 25-18)
West Virginia Wesleyan statistics
Aces – Maddi Carpenter 3, Payton Hefner 2, Jenny Lundy 1, Abigail Anderson 1.
Kills – Jenny Lundy 9, Joelle Lalla 8, Lauryn Antolock 5, Kristina Aeschbacher 5, Jayme Demoss 4, Payton Hefner 3, Madison Cooper 3, Maddi Carpenter 1.
Assists – Payton Hefner 14, Maddi Carpenter 14, Jenny Lundh 2, Abigail Anderson 2, Hannah Jones 2, Kennedy Kuhns 1, Madison Cooper 1.
Digs – Abigail Anderson 12, Jenny Lundy 7, Kennedy Kuhns 7, Payton Hefner 6, Maddi Carpenter 6, Madison Cooper 3, Lyndsey Smith 2, Joelle Lalla 2, Lauryn Antolock 2, Jayme Demooss 2, Morgan Johnson 2, Kristina Aeschbacher 1.
Blocks – Lauryn Antolock 3, Joelle Lalla 2, Kristina Aeschbacher 2, Jayme Demoss 2.