CALIFORNIA, Pa. — The West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team fell versus California (Pa.) on Wednesday at the Convocation Center in California, Pa.
Hope Arce-Reed led the Bobcats with seven kills and also recorded one block in the match. Lexi Tatum had five kills, while Joelle Lalla totaled three kills on the night. Lalla’s four blocks led the Bobcats’ defensive net presence. Wesleyan had two service aces, both delivered by Kennedy Kuhns. Maddi Carpenter distributed nine assists and Payton Hefner had six assists. Defensively, Autumn Molenhouse accumulated seven digs and Hannah Spruce had five digs.
Cal U Leaders
Allie Droneberger was the leading Vulcan with nine kills and two service aces. Chelsea Howard racked up six blocks and Kiandria Cowart had three blocks. Marley Goff was the assists leader for Cal U with 14 assists in the match. Three players had more than five digs including Emily Buwawa (seven), Ashlynn Gulakowski (six), and Droneberger (six).
Inside the Match
The Vulcans jumped out to an early 8-1 lead. Their lead increased to 16-3 after two consecutive kills from Droneberger. Cal U won the first set 25-11. Three of Arce-Reed’s seven kills came from the first set. The second set was tied at seven when the Vulcans won five consecutive points and took a 12-7 lead. Lalla led the Bobcats with three kills in the second set. Cal U won set two by a score of 25-17. In the third set, the Bobcats cut the deficit to three points thanks to a kill from Madison Boswell to make the score 12-9. Cal U proceeded to win the next six points to increase their lead to nine points in the third set. The Vulcans would go on to win set three 25-15 and take the match 3-0.
Bobcat volleyball will play in the PSAC/MEC Crossover and travel to Erie, Pa., for a match versus Mercyhurst on Friday (Sept. 17) at 7 p.m.