Volleyball heads to Alderson Broaddus to continue MEC play early in the season
Wheeling, W. Va. – Wheeling University volleyball team (11-4, 2-0) get off to a good start in Mountain East Conference (MEC) game and look to keep things going on Tuesday when they surrender in Philippi, west Virginia, to face Alderson Broaddus at 7 p.m. After back-to-back wins to start their conference program, the ladies are looking to keep the momentum on their side as they begin their journey through the conference game.
Last time around, they traveled to Frostburg, Md., And took care of business at Frostburg State with a 3-0 victory over the Bobcats. After a competitive opening set that saw Wheeling clinch a 26-24 victory, the Cardinals’ defense took over. They did not allow the Bobcats to score more than 18 points in one of the game’s final two sets en route to the 3-0 victory. The victory took Wheeling to 2-0 in conference this season as they begin to top the MEC Nort division.
Against Frostburg State, Senior Lexi reinert had a big day, leading the offense with 12 kills of 24 kills in total for a 0.375 hit percentage that day. She was the Cardinal’s only hitter to finish with double-digit wins, and the first year Mady Winters followed her with eight kills that day. Second year Karly niesen placed the ball well throughout the evening, finishing with 33 assists and only one adjustment error in the evening.
On the defensive side of the ball, Audrey Francois was back and led the team with 35 recoveries in the contest. It was the fifth time this season Francis has finished with 30 or more digs in a game, and it was only two short of his best of the season. Senior journeyman Jenna Franks also had a strong defensive side, finishing with 15 digs, and was the only other Cardinal to finish with double-digit digs that day.
With the win, Wheeling moved up to 2-0 to start their conference game and found themselves atop the MEC North Division standings. After facing stiff competition to start the year, Wheeling finds himself at 11-4 for his debut on Tuesday and is looking to keep the momentum going. They have played two of their last three games away from the Alma Grace McDonough Center and are on a period where five of their next seven games will be on the road. It’s a chance for them to test their toughness as they try to win on the outside.
Since the 2002 season, the Cardinals and Battlers have faced each other 21 times, with Wheeling winning all 21 games. Their last match was on March 2, 2021, where Wheeling won the match 3-1. The two teams traded the first two sets of that match before Wheeling returned, winning the third and fourth sets en route to a 3-1 victory.
Kayla bekier was the offensive leader in that game, racking up 21 kills out of 50 total kills in the Cardinals’ victory. She was one of three Cardinals hitters to end the night with double-digit wins, with both Lexi smith and Lexi reinert finishing with 14 and 10 kills respectively. It was a big win for the Cardinals, and they are hoping for a similar result this time around.
Tuesday night’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Alderson Broaddus campus. You can watch the match live by clicking HERE or follow the statistics live HERE.