WISE, Va—After dropping a close five-set match on Friday night, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise volleyball team was swept in three sets by Shepherd University on Saturday morning.
“I think we played flat today,” Cavaliers Head Coach Kristin Salyer said, “Obviously I think last night we played very well against Fairmont and came up a little short. I think it was a lot of wear and tear on our bodies, and I think we didn’t want to say that but I do think that we came out pretty flat today and didn’t quite have the same effort that we did yesterday.”
The Cavaliers took the lead in the first set on back-to-back kills from senior Kyra Jessee and sophomore Madelyn Lawrence to make it a 7-6 score; however, the Rams went on a 9-2 scoring run to go up 15-9, before eventually winning the first set with a score of 25-15.
A kill from sophomore Brooke Abbott put the Cavaliers up 3-2 in the second set for what would be their final lead of the match. The Rams would go on to take the second set 25-14 before completing the sweep with a 25-11 win in the third set.
Jessee led the Cavaliers with six kills while finishing second on the team with 11 digs. Freshmen Kelsey Green and Matelyn Gibson finished with five kills each, while sophomore Makayla Ledford led the team with 20 assists. Salyer said that she was impressed with Green’s play in the loss, emphasizing the focus and aggressiveness she saw out of the freshman.
“Kelsey Green, I felt like she’s really stepped up,” Salyer said. “We’ve put a lot of pressure on her as a freshman, but I think in those tight situations toward the end where I felt like everybody had kind of quit, I think she kind of kept her head up and she was going in aggressive and swinging, and I think that that’s exciting for the future.”
The Cavaliers (4-18) will play at home again next weekend, as they host West Virginia Wesleyan College on Friday night at 7 p.m. before playing Glenville State College on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. UVa-Wise played West Virginia Wesleyan earlier in the season on the road and came away with a loss in five sets to the Bobcats.
“I think we match up pretty well against them,” Salyer said. “We have about a week to get ready for them, and we’re home and I think we always play better at home, so I’m just hoping that we come in this week focused and we kind of want to get a little bit of revenge. We were up 2-0 at their place and they ended up coming back and taking the next three [sets] so I think hopefully we’ll just come out fired up and ready to go that day.”