BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Wesleyan (4-9) volleyball team split their final two games of the Bobcat Classic. Both matches went five sets.
Mya Bajramovic continued to show great strides as the freshman led the Bobcats with 26 kills. Senior Joelle Lalla added 22 kills and seven blocks. Payton Hefner tossed 64 assists and eight service aces on the day. Defensively, Alexis Moeschler had 33 digs.
WVWC 3, KSU 2
Wesleyan found themselves down 2-0 in the match after the first two sets. The Bobcats caught fire in the 3rd set at the net. Bajramovic fired six kills and Lalla added four kills. The comeback was on, WVWC took the 3rd set 25-11.
Wesleyan jumped out to a 7-1 lead to begin set four. The Thorobreds battled back to tie the game 12-12. There were four more tie scores in the set before Wesleyan won set four, 25-21. Kentucky State led the entire set until the match was tied 11-11. A kill from Najla Bray gave Wesleyan their first lead of the game 14-13. The two foes would exchange the next seven points before Wesleyan took the final two points to win set five 19-17.
AB 3, WVWC 2
The first set included six tied scores, but Wesleyan never trailed. WVWC won the first set by a slim margin, 26-24. The Battlers started set two with a 4-0 lead. Wesleyan fired off three straight to make the score 4-3. AB put their foot on the gas and didn’t look back, winning set two, 25-16.
Set three proved to be a set of runs. Despite two five-point runs from Wesleyan, the Battlers had three runs or more points. AB won set three, 25-21. With their backs against the wall, Wesleyan had strong performances at the net from Lalla, Riley France and Jayla Cowherd, each producing three kills. WVWC won set four, 27-25.
AB started set five with five straight points to lead 5-0. WVWC responded with a run of their own to tie the score 5-5. The two teams would trade the next eight points and remain tied 9-9. AB took an 11-9 lead but Wesleyan responded with two of their own to tie it again 11-11. After exchanging the next two points, AB would score three of the final four points to win set five, 15-13.
West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball returns to the floor to open Mountain East Conference play versus Charleston on Tuesday (Sept. 20) at 7 p.m. at the Rockefeller Center.