By Allison Bertozzi, Contributing Writer
Coming off of a 3-0 sweep of West Virginia State on the Hilltoppers’ senior day at the ASRC, the WLU ladies have earned a spot at the Mountain East Conference Tournament for this 2015 season.
Coach Kayla Fetsko-Mull’s Hilltoppers finished the 2015 season with an overall record of 15-17. Many players racked up impressive stats over the course of the 42 matches. Season kill leaders included: Stephanie Leonard (325 kills); Raimey Benson (236); Amanda Leonard (224); and Michaela Hawkins (171). Assist leaders were: Amanda Leonard (660 assists) and Miranda Garmen (493). Leaders on the blocking front included: Sydney Scherer (112 total blocks, single plus assisted); Michaela Hawkins (88); Amanda Leonard (52); and Stephanie Leonard (51). The dig leaders for WLU were: Courtney Pyeritz (629); Alexis Boyd (379); Amanda Leonard (352); and Stepanie Leonard (201).
Another notable accomplishment for the Hilltoppers 2015 was senior defensive specialist Courtney Pyeritz’s breaking of the university’s dig record. Back on Oct. 24th, at a Saturday afternoon matchup against the Shepherd Rams, the standout athlete posted the 2,000th dig of her career at WLU. Pyertiz, who already held the school’s single-match and single-season dig record, took 1st place in the career digs category. Pyeritz remains an MEC leader in digs as the Hilltoppers prepare for conference play.
The MEC tournament will begin tonight, Thursday, at Wheeling Jesuit University. The top 8 teams in the MEC qualify for the tournament, and a single-loss elimination format will determine who moves up throughout the brackets. Going into the tournament play, the teams are ranked as follows: 1st, Wheeling Jesuit University (30-4 overall record); Fairmont State University (23-7); Charleston University (19-10); University of Virginia at Wise (15-16); Shepherd University (15-16); West Liberty University (15-17); Urbana University (13-16); and lastly West Virginia Wesleyan (12-18).
#6 WLU will take on #3 Charleston today at noon to begin the quarterfinals. If they win, WLU will take on the winner of the matchup between #2 Fairmont State and #7 Urbana at 5 pm Friday, Nov. 20th to begin the semifinals. “Right now, our most difficult opponent is Charleston,” commented Head Coach Kayla Fetsko-Mull, “because that is who we face on Thursday. We take every opponent very seriously. We can’t look forward past who we are playing in the first round, so right now, Charleston is our focus.”