PHILIPPI, W.Va. — The West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team (3-14, 3-5 Mountain East Conference) fell on the road versus Alderson Broaddus (5-10, 1-7 MEC) on Tuesday (Oct. 19) night at Rex Pyles Arena.
Makenzie Yates led the Lady ‘Cats with 12 kills. Payton Hefner’s 19 assists led WVWC. Hefner smacked five service aces, tying a career-high. Autumn Molenhouse secured double-digit digs with 10. At the net, Joelle Lalla accumulated seven total blocks.
Alderson Broaddus Leaders
Two Battlers, Jocie Fisher and Schylar Shepherd, netted 12 kills each. Camille Ashby and Kaitlyn Jager each netted 21 assists. Shepherd led with three service aces. Ashby had a game-high 16 digs. Racheal Lee racked up four block solos.
Inside Set One
Alderson Broaddus won ten out of the first 15 points. Hefner placed consecutive service aces in the middle of the AB defense to close the gap to two points. A Battler attack error made the score 12-11 in favor of the home team.
The Battlers extended their lead to five points after igniting a 5-0 run. Wesleyan responded with a 5-0 run later in the set to trail by one point, 22-21. AB won three of the final four decisions to claim the first set, 25-22.
Inside Set Two
AB owned an 11-9 lead when the Bobcats scored three unanswered points to regain a 12-11 lead. After the Battlers tied the set on the next point, Wesleyan put up four straight points. Kennedy Kuhns struck consecutive service aces during the Lady ‘Cats 4-0 run.
AB rallied and tied the score at 17. Jenny Lundy swung consecutive kills and gave Wesleyan a two-point cushion. The Battlers made the score 22-20 after a kill by Shepherd. Hefner’s fifth service ace of the night and two kills from Yates propelled WVWC to a set two victory, 25-20.
Inside Set Three
Alderson Broaddus went on a 5-1 run to take an 11-7 lead after the score was tied at six. Wesleyan responded and tied the score at 11. AB won 10 of the ensuing 11 points and padded a 21-12 lead. AB won set three, 25-15.
Inside Set Four
Wesleyan trailed 14-9 in the fourth set. The Bobcats stormed back and tied the set at 14 after a 5-0 run. Three attack errors and two kills from Anaya Hyman tied the score at 14. Alderson Broaddus took a 17-14 lead after winning the next three points. Wesleyan was able to get within one point twice down the stretch. The Battlers prevailed and won set four, 25-21.
The Lady Bobcats will return to Rockefeller Center to host Notre Dame (Ohio) on Friday at 7 p.m.