By Bryan Shepherd, Assistant Sports Information Director
ATHENS, W.Va. – West Virginia State’s volleyball team (11-3, 2-0 MEC) took a straight set win over the Concord Mountain Lions (10-4, 1-1 MEC) to become the only team left in the MEC South with an unbeaten conference record. State hit below their season average but were buoyed by a .081 hitting percentage by the Mountain Lions.
Inside the numbers:
- Jacklyn Simms lead the offense with 15 kills to go with six digs and a couple of block assists.
- Diamond’nique Young had 11 kills to go with her four blocks and a dig.
- Alex Darby led the back-line with 18 digs and an ace.
- Kiersten Eggleton had a stat in nearly every category with 29 assists, five digs, four kills, and a block.
How it happened:
- State took the lead from the outset of set one and never relinquished it, although Concord did tie the set up four times.
- State went on a 7-1 run at 3-2 to take a 10-3 lead helped by three attack errors by the Mountain Lions. Eggleton, Young, Simms each had kills and Darby had a service ace.
- Concord went on a 7-0 run to tie the set up that was halted by a Kaitlyn Cabral kill to keep State in the lead 11-10.
- State finished the set off with a couple of blocks by Natalie Beer with help from Young on the first and Eggleton on the second.
- Set two started with a Concord point, but followed with a Concord service error, tying it up.
- The teams traded 3-0 runs to keep State in the lead, 7-6. State’s run included kills by Eggleton and Cabral.
- An 8-3 run following that put State on top in the set permanently. Each team scored eight more points, but State held on 25-19 to take a two sets to none lead.
- Set three started close, with the teams tied at 12-12. A Cabral kill started a 6-0 run putting State on top 18-12.
- Simms capped the match with a kill at 24-20, securing the sweep.
State will host Davis & Elkins on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 pm. D&E dropped a three-set decision to Glenville State earlier Tuesday.