Wesleyan volleyball outlasts ABU for 3-1 win

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team (5-15, 2-6) defeated Alderson Broaddus (6-12, 0-8) on Tuesday (Oct. 11) night at the Rockefeller Center in Buckhannon, W.Va.

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Hope Arce-Reed earned a new career-high and led the Lady Bobcats with 20 kills. Mya Bajramovic added 11 kills. Freshman Sarah McCall had a team-leading 25 assists, while Payton Hefner passed 20 assists. Autumn Molenhouse led the Lady Bobcats with 15 digs and seven service aces. Joelle Lalla had a team-leading six blocks. Bajramovic, Jayla Cowherd and Najla Bray each totaled four blocks.

Inside Set One
After 10 points in set one, the score was tied 5-5. The Battlers went on a six-point run and led 11-5. A service ace from Molenhouse and kills from Riley France and Cowherd cut the deficit to three.

Alderson Broaddus took seven of the next 10 points and led 18-11. The Lady Bobcats caught fire behind Arce-Reed and Bajramovic, who each had three kills and cut the AB lead to one at 20-19. WVWC took three of the next four points to jump ahead, 22-21. With the score tied 25-25, the Battlers took the final two points and won set one, 27-25.

Inside Set Two
The Lady Bobcats jumped to a 4-0 lead in set two. Alderson Broaddus scored nine of the next 10 points and led 9-5. WVWC fired off five straight points to regain the lead, 10-9. The Lady Bobcats earned their largest lead of the set on a service ace from Cowherd and led 16-13.

AB battled back and tied the score at 18. The Lady Bobcats scored six of the next seven points, including three kills from Arce-Reed, and led 24-19. The Battlers’ comeback efforts fell short, and the Lady Bobcats won set two, 25-22.

Inside Set Three
After dropping the first point, the Lady Bobcats rattled off five straight points and led 5-1. A kill from Cowherd and a block from Bray and Bajramovic gave Wesleyan its largest lead of the set, 11-5. The Battlers put their foot on the gas and took seven of the next 10 points that cut the Bobcats’ lead to two points.

The two foes exchanged the next 10 points and the lead remained at two for the Lady Bobcats,19-17. After two consecutive points for the Bobcats, AB caught fire and took the next four points to tie the third set, 21-21. Following a timeout from coach Nancy Wheeler, the Lady Bobcats scored four of the final five points and won set three, 25-22.

Inside Set Four
Wesleyan led 4-2 to begin the fourth set. The Battlers took their first lead of the fourth set on a five-point run and led 13-11. The Lady Bobcats scored six of the next seven points to retake the lead 17-14 and forced an AB timeout.

After the Alderson Broaddus timeout, the Battlers scored four straight points and led 18-17. The Lady Bobcats responded and won five of the next seven points to force another AB timeout. Following the timeout, the Lady Bobcats put the Battlers away and scored three of the final five points to win the fourth set, 25-22.

Up Next
WVWC volleyball will be back in action (Oct. 12) for a road nonconference match at Seton Hill beginning at 7 p.m.

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