No. 13 Jesuit Takes Care of Fairmont State

WHEELING, W.Va. (Nov. 8) – The No. 13 Wheeling Jesuit University volleyball team advanced in the Mountain East Conference (MEC) Tournament with a 3-0 (25-19, 27-25, 27-25) win over Fairmont State in a quarterfinal match Thursday night at the McDonough Center.

The Cardinals, who are the top-seed in the MEC Tournament, improve to 32-3 overall this season. Wheeling Jesuit will face West Liberty tomorrow, Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the MEC Tournament Semifinals. Meanwhile, Fairmont State, the No. 8 seed, closes out the year at 13-17 overall.

Sophomore Cassie Meyer (Jackson Center, Ohio/Jackson Center) led three players in double-figures with 15 kills in the win. Junior Haley Kramer (Norwalk, Ohio/Monroeville) tallied 13 kills on 20 attacks (.550 hitting percentage) with four blocks, while sophomore Makenna Babb (Arlington, Ohio/McComb) chipped in 11 kills and 18 digs for a double-double.

The Cardinals handled the Falcons in their 25-19 set one win. WJU opened up leads of 10-3 and 16-9 to start the match. Fairmont State managed to close the gap to five late in the match with a few runs, but the Cardinals managed to wrap up the set.

WJU appeared to be easily on its way to another win when it opened up a 6-1 lead to start the second set. The Falcons rallied to tie the set at 7-7 and went point for point with the Cardinals throughout the set. Fairmont State led 22-21 late and fended off a pair of set points by the Cardinals, before back-to-back kills by Babb and Meyer finished off the set at 27-25 to take a 2-0 lead.

Fairmont State held the upper hand for the majority of the third set. Wheeling Jesuit took its first lead of the set since the 3-2 mark at 20-19 and looked poised to close things out when it moved to set-point at 24-22. The Falcons rallied back with three-straight points to move within a point of claiming the set for themselves at 25-24, but the Cardinals answered with three-straight points of their own to close out a 27-25 win and a 3-0 sweep.

Wheeling Jesuit hit .260 and .390 in the first-two sets, but were limited to a .125-mark in the third set with nine errors.

“They had us on our heels several times,” said Head Coach Christy Benner. “I was really proud of the girls to fight through some of the deficiencies we were having on the court and play well enough to win.”

The Cardinals will look to advance to a sixth-straight MEC Tournament Final tomorrow, Friday, November 9 when they take on Ohio County-rival West Liberty inside the McDonough Center at 7:30 p.m.