By Jesse Skiles
Special to The Inter-Mountain
BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan held off Wheeling Jesuit for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night in West Virginia Conference action
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Ferguson
West Virginia Wesleyan’s Aleisha Ress goes up for a header against Wheeling Jesuit’s Jenna Klemkowski (3) as Lady Cardinal goal keeper Holly Kraus, left, leaps in the air Tuesday in West Virginia Conference action.
With the win, the Lady Bobcats sit in second place in the WVIAC and are firmly in the playoff hunt. The loss struck a large blow to the Lady Cardinals' playoff chances as they fall to eighth in the 11-team league with only two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Aleisha Rees got the Wesleyan charge going early, scoring off a Cris Eddy assist at the 13:10 mark of the first half. Freshman speedster Jocelyn Prescott extended the advantage to 2-0 midway through the first half, finding the net off an assist from All-Conference defender Emma Levin-Nielsen.
The Lady Bobcats carried the two-goal lead into the half, but Wheeling Jesuit materialized a late rally. Maria Tennant provided the Lady Cardinal goal, cutting the deficit to a single digit, but the Wesleyan defense held on to preserve the victory.
The Lady Bobcats improve to 8-4-3 overall and to 6-2-1 in the WVIAC. Wheeling falls to 4-9-2 and 3-5 in league play.
The Lady Bobcats will entertain West Liberty Friday at 4 p.m.
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A-B 3, Wesleyan 1
PHILIPPI - Alderson-Broaddus rallied for a four-set victory over West Virginia Wesleyan Tuesday in West Virginia Conference action at Rex Pyles Arena. The win pushes the Lady Battlers into second place in the WVIAC standings.
Wesleyan came out strong, taking the first set 25-22. The Lady Bobcats continued to apply the pressure in the second game, but Alderson-Broaddus won the hard-fought set, 25-20. With momentum in the Lady Battlers' corner, they won a dominant third set 25-13 and held on in the fourth set, 25-22.
Balance was the key to the Lady Battlers' attack. Caitlin Cain, Samantha Bailey, Kaitlyn Eilenfeld and Victoria Morgan tied for a team-high nine kills.
Bailey produced four blocks and Cain had three service aces. Setter Kayla Peterson recorded 38 assists, while Ashley MacDonald collected 11 digs.
Wesleyan enjoyed a strong night blocking at the net as three different Lady Bobcats produced some strong numbers both in kills and blocks. Korin Wengryn had nine kills and five blocks, while Erin Bond tallied 10 kills and four blocks.
Camblin Leonard added seven kills and six blocks for Wesleyan.
Setter Casey Pattyn had 32 assists and Renate Comparini tallied 12 digs for the Lady Bobcats.
Wesleyan (7-14, 3-3 WVIAC) will entertain Bluefield tonight, while Alderson-Broaddus (12-13, 6-1 WVIAC) travels to Urbana for a non-conference tilt.
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D&E?1, Seton Hill 1
GREENSBURG, Pa. - Davis & Elkins battled Seton Hill to a 1-1 double-overtime deadlock Tuesday in West Virginia Conference action.
Macdonald Taylor had the lone goal for Griffins (3-10-2), which held a 1-0 lead at halftime.
James Pucci scored the Senators' only goal off an assist from Oliver Bienias.
Seton Hill outshot Davis & Elkins 9-5 in the contest. The Senators held an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Moises Oseguera had five keeper saves in goal for Davis & Elkins (10-3-1).
Jordan Sodhi had three stops for Seton Hill.
The Senators will host Alderson-Broaddus Saturday at 2 p.m.