Harrisonburg, VA--In the first match of the day for the Lees-McRae men's volleyball team in Harrisonburg, VA the Bobcats defeated Stevens Institute of Technology in a five game battle. The win was the the first of the season for the youthful Bobcats who stand at 1-6 while the loss puts Stevens at 6-6.
The match between the Bobcats and the Ducks proved to be a battle for every point with none of the five games being won by more than a three point margin. In the first game it was Lees-McRae, with seventeen kills, who took the 30-27 win. In game two it was the Ducks hitting .245 over the Bobcats .205 who snuck out the 30-28 win to tie the match.
Games three and four provided much of the same with LMC taking the third game 30-28 and the Ducks answering back with their own 30-28 win in game four to take the match to a fifth and final game. The Bobcats clawed their way to the front, finishing the match with a 15-12 victory.
The Bobcats (1-6) were led by freshman outside hitter Colin Kelly (Orlando, Fla.), who registered 28 kills, two aces and a pair of blocks. Freshman outside hitter Shane Holderby (Virginia Beach, Va.) notched 20 kills and one block, while freshman setter Juan Ramirez (Miami Fla.) led in assists and digs, with 60 and 21, respectively.
Junior outside hitter Tomas Bochicchio posted 13 kills, one service ace and one block for the Ducks. Sophomore outside hitter Jonathan Landis finished with 11 kills and a pair of blocks. Freshmen setters Brandt Grobeis and Aaron Ostrovsky combined for 53 assists as Grobeis tallied 42 and Ostrovsky dished for 11. Junior libero Michael Ozols led the Ducks defensively as he recorded a season-high 21 digs.
The Bobcats will face Eastern Mennonite At 4:00pm this afternoon for their second match of the day.
Pictured: Collin Kelly