Volleyball Lady ‘Cats win five-set thriller against Davis & Elkins

Payton Hefner

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat volleyball team put an end to their two-game slide in thrilling fashion Friday night when they hosted the Davis & Elkins Senators in a Mountain East Conference contest at Rockefeller Center.

Wesleyan outlasted Davis & Elkins in a five-set marathon battle winning 3-2.

The Lady Bobcats took the first set by a 25-22 margin but dropped the second set by a 25-21 score.

They rebounded to win the third set by a 25-19 score but couldn’t put away the Senators in the fourth set, dropping the extended set by a 28-26 score.

They came back to take the fifth and final set by a 15-9 score.

The win ended the two-game slide for Wesleyan and put Nancy Wheeler’s crew at 3-2 overall and 3-2 in the MEC.

It was the first loss of the season for Davis & Elkins as they fell to 3-1 both overall and in the conference.

Down in the first set by a 4-3 score, Wesleyan scored four straight points for a 7-4 lead, but Davis & Elkins countered with three straight points to even the score at 7-7.

Wesleyan was down by a 17-14 score but an ace from Autumn Molenhouse capped off a mini 3-0 run making it a 17-17 contest.

Wesleyan went down again by a 22-20 score but finished strong with five straight pointes ending the set on a kill by Anaya Hyman, for the five-point win.

Wesleyan held several three point leads on Davis & Elkins in the second straight, including a 14-11 advantage.

The Senators ran off four straight points for a 15-14 advantage.

Wesleyan trailed 23-21 but Davis & Elkins scored the final two points for a 25-21 win.

Wesleyan raced out to a 4-1 lead in the third set but Davis & Elkins scored 10 of the next 13 points for an 11-7 advantage.

The Lady Bobcats countered by taking five of the next six points for a 13-12 lead.

A kill by Michela Ayers put Wesleyan up by five, 20-15.

Davis & Ekins closed it to 22-19, but a pair of attack errors from the Senators and a kill by Ayers gave Wesleyan the 25-19 win.

Set four saw Wesleyan take a 9-7 lead but the Senators scored five straight for a 12-9 lead.

Wesleyan took the lead back on a kill by Joelle Lalla, at 18-17, and a Senator attack effort put Wesleyan ahead 22-18 but they were able to close out the visitors.

Leading at match point, at 24-19, the Senators scored six straight points for a 25-24 lead and were finally able to put the Lady ‘Cats down after scoring two straight with the game tied at 26-26.

The fifth set saw Wesleyan up 6-5 before they scored three straight points after a kill by Lalla that put them up 9-5.

Davis & Elkins scored two straight points, but Wesleyan answered with three consecutive points for a 12-7 advantage.

A kill by Hyman closed out the 15-9 win for Wesleyan.

Emily Doyle had 15 kills for Wesleyan while Lexis Tatum had 12.

Payton Hefner had a team-high 23 assists while Maddi Carpenter collected 21.

Autumn Molenhouse had a game-high 21 digs for the Lady ‘Cats.

Wesleyan will return to action today in a doubleheader with Glenville State.

The first contest will start at 5 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan 3                                          Davis & Elkins 2

(25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 26-28, 15-9)

West Virginia Wesleyan statistics

Aces – Maddi Carpenter 3, Payton Hefner 2, Autumn Molenhouse 2; Lauryn Antolock 1; Abigail Anderson 1. Totals 9.

Kills – Emily Doyle 15; Lexis Tatum 12; Lauryn Antolock 8; Joelle Lalla 8; Michela Ayers 7; Anaya Hyman 6. Totals 56.

Assists – Payton Hefner 23; Maddi Carpenter 21; Autumn Molenhouse 7; Lauryn Antolock 1; Abigail Anderson 1. Totals 53.

Digs – Autumn Molenhouse 21; Emily Doyle 17; Maddi Carpenter 10; Payton Hefner 7; Joelle Lalla 5; Abigail Anderson 5; Lauryn Antolock 3; Anaya Hyman 3; Lexis Tatum 3; Michela Ayers 1. Totals 75.

Blocks – Lauryn Antolock 6; Lexis Tatum 3; Emily Doyle 2; Anaya Hyman 1; Michela Ayers 1. Totals 13.

Davis & Elkins statistics

Aces – Molly Jandris 3; Cynthia Arango 1; Macie Magallon 1. Totals 5.

Kills – Macie Magallon 22; Molly Jandris 8; Brilane Manchego 6; Mya Mintschenko 4; Luann O’Kane 4; Brianna Portley 4; Mariah Autobee 1. Totals 49.

Assists – Brilane Manchego 39; Cynthia Arango 1; Macie Magallon 1. Totals 41.

Digs – Brilane Manchego 13; Macie Magallon 12 Mariah Autobee 12; Molly Jandris 12; Luann O’Kane 9; Cynthia Arango 9; Briana Leon 7; Mya Mintschenko 1. Totals 75.

Blocks – Brianna Portley 6; Brilane Manchego 4; Mya Mintschenko 2; Macie Magallon 2; Molly Jandris 2. Totals 16.

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