West Virginia Wesleyan rallied from two sets down Wednesday night, pulling out a five-set comeback victory at Davis & Elkins in West Virginia Conference at the McDonnell Center.
The Lady Senators won the first two sets, 25-22 and 25-20. The Lady Bobcats then closed out the contest with three straight wins, 25-15, 25-22 and 15-10.
The marathon match between the two rival schools included 204 total points played, along with a flurry of dramatic point rallies.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Ferguson
West Virginia Wesleyan’s Korin Wengryn goes up for a spike as Davis & Elkins College’s Nicole Miller, left, and Callie Updike attempt to make a block Wednesday night in West Virginia Confernece action.
"Davis & Elkins played us well," Wesleyan head coach Jackie Murphy said. "They came out with a lot of energy. We did a good job of making plays in games three, four and five. Renata (Comparini) made some nice defensive plays and our players at the net did a nice job of neutralizing their middles down the stretch."
Davis & Elkins edged the Lady Bobcats in a tight first set, but the Wesleyan responded and held an 18-14 lead late in game two. The Lady Senators answered behind a stellar service run from Meaghan Emery and materialized a comeback win in the set.
After earning a strong 10-point advantage in game three, D&E had its chances in game four to close, but Wesleyan survived the scare 25-22.
Korin Wengryn and Erin Bond led the Lady Bobcats at the net, collecting 14 kills each. Sarah Crowder added six kills.
Setter Casey Pattyn recorded 44 assists, while Comparini had seven digs. Colleen Black contributed at the net, registering six blocks.
Heather Zapf had a big night for the Lady Senators, drilling home a match-high 18 kills. Erin Legge added 10 kills and a team-high three blocks.
Nicole Miller had 10 kills and setter Haylee Murray posted 42 assists and 11 digs. Meaghan Emery had a match-high 17 digs and a stellar service night with six aces.
Kelsey Richards and Brandi Brown added two aces.
Wesleyan (7-12, 3-2) will travel to Cedarville on Saturday.
Davis & Elkins (2-13, 1-5) will visit Concord on Monday.