The Lady Cavs Volleyball Team battled the number one ranked squad in the Mountain East Conference, Wheeling Jesuit University on the eve of Halloween.
The first set went back and forth as the score read 14 to 18 in favor of the Lady Cardinals but Ciara Kain delivered an epic spike to ignite the Cavs. The Lady Cavs would eventually fall short losing 20 to 25, giving Wheeling Jesuit a 0 to 1 lead in the series.
The Lady Cavs continued to fight in the second set tying the game at 2-2 off a WJU fault. A mix of finesse and power strategies had both teams trading the lead throughout the second set. WJU showed great net play by not letting the ball get to the second level but the Cavs would take advantage by finding open spots in the defense.
The Cavs struck back on every score, keeping with the swinging momentum of the match. Ciara Kain took the lead as the Lady Cavs keep the ball alive. WJU wins a long volley to regain the lead but the Cavs take control on the next volley.
As the game would continue to intensify, the crowd began to make their voices heard in support of the Cavs.
The Cavs looked to end the set in the late stages but the Lady Cardinals would not surrender. The Lady Cavs would take a page out of the Cardinals book and win with solid net play leading to a 1 – 1 series tie.
Miscommunication would plague the Cavs in the third set triggered by a Cardinals technique. The Cavs would jump out to a 4 -1 lead by continuing to keep the ball alive and play together.
WJU rallied back to tie to set at four and the set would lock up again at nine because of continued stoppages at the net. The Lady Cavs took advantage of this aggressive strategy by hitting the ball just out of reach.
WJU would take control again and never look back as they would win 25 to 15 ending the chances of a fourth set rally, giving Wheeling Jesuit a 2 to 1 series lead.
The final set of the match got away from the Cavs early. The Cardinals would continue their dominance with solid net play and finesse ball placement. The Cavs would fall behind 18 to 5 but would try to fight their way back. They fell short of the comeback and were defeated 25 to 9 giving the Cardinals the victory at three to one overall.
The Cavs are set for a five game road stretch and are preparing for the start of the tournament after November 13.