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Wesleyan downs WLU; TV and B-U collect wins

October 3, 2012
By Jesse Skiles and By Andrew Davis - Sports Correspondent and Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan's volleyball team recorded a much needed conference victory Tuesday night, defeating West Liberty in straight games.

It was a historic night for the Lady Bobcats as Renata Comparini collected her 1000th career dig in the second set.

Comparini did it in dramatic fashion, collecting a career high 28 digs. Wesleyan won each set in tight fashion, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-20.

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West Virginia Wesleyan’s Shannon Gregorek, right, attempts to spike the ball as West Liberty’s Chelsea Byrge goes up for the block Tuesday night in the Lady Bobcats’ 3-0 victory.

"Renata played really well, but had a lot of help in the back court," Wesleyan coach Jackie Murphy said. "Our passing game was phenomenal between Renata, Meaghan Malloy, Courtney Browning and Meredith Farakovsky.

"This match really showed how determined the 'Cats really are."

Erin Bond and Korin Wengryn led the Bobcats at the net. Bond produced a line of 15 kills and five blocks, while Wengryn recorded 11 kills. Sarah Crowder added seven kills and two blocks.

Comparini's 28 digs was complemented by her team-high two service aces. Pattyn delivered a match-high 42 assists.

"It was a great win for us," Murphy said. "West Liberty has been playing exceptionally strong this fall, and we really stressed our game plan. The players executed perfectly and had a wonderful match."

Wesleyan (6-11, 2-1 WVIAC) will host Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday. The Cardinals are currently ranked 14th in the nation.

A-B 3, Slippery Rock 2

PHILIPPI - Alderson-Broaddus defeated Slippery Rock 3-2 Tuesday in non-conference action at Rex Pyles Arena.

The Lady Battlers (6-12) won the first two sets of the match 25-20 and 25-19. After the visitors captured the next two games 25-22 and 26-24, A-B closed things out with a 15-10 win in the final set.

Ashley MacDonald had 15 kills and nine digs, while Kayla Peterson collected 39 assists, five kills and eight digs for the Lady Battlers.

Alderson-Broaddus will travel to Concord on Friday.

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High School Volleyball

Lincoln 3, Elkins 0

SHINNSTON - The Elkins High School volleyball team lost to Lincoln 3-0 Tuesday in Big 10 Conference action.

The Lady Tigers (4-5) lost by the scores of 25-21, 25-12 and 25-16.

"This was the worst game we played in over a month," Elkins coach Penny Crawford said. "We lost our focused and didn't play well. We're going to have to play better at Bridgeport on Wednesday."

The Elkins junior varsity team also lost in three games.

Elkins will travel Bridgeport for a 7 p.m. conference contest today.

Tygarts Valley 3, Pocahontas 0

DUNMORE - The Tygarts Valley High School volleyball team defeated Pocahontas County 3-0 Tuesday night in Potomac Valley Conference action.

The Lady Bulldogs (4-3) won the match in three sets, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-13.

Shanda Howell had three aces, three attacks and three kills to lead Tygarts Valley. Kelsey Arbogast chipped in with seven assists for the Lady Bulldogs.

Tygarts Valley will travel to Highland County on Thursday.

B-U 3, Liberty 1

Buckhannon-Upshur volleyball team produced another signature win Tuesday night, beating a strong Liberty squad at home in an exciting four-game match.

The Lady Bucs improved to 8-0 in the Big 10 Conference with the win.

Liberty started out strong taking the first game in impressive fashion, 25-21. In game two the Mountaineers appeared on the verge of taking a commanding 2-0 lead, but B-U materialized an exciting 28-26 victory to square the match at one game apiece.

Buckhannon-Upshur began to take control in game three, recording a solid 25-13 victory. Liberty was battling hard in game four before an illegal substitution call stalled the game with B-U ahead, 16-13. The Lady Bucs seemed to gain a second wind with the break and rattled off the final nine points to close the night with an exclamation point.

Leah Blend and McKenzie Leigh led statistically at the net. Leigh registered 15 kills and seven blocks, while Blend contributed13 kills and eight blocks.

Sarah Ling led with 12 digs and setter Lindsey Wagoner had eight digs and a match-high 29 assists.

B-U (15-3-2) will travel to Grafton on Thursday.



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