March 29, 2008

Bobcats Host Classic

Banner Elk, NC--This Friday and Saturday the Bobcats hosted the Lees-McRae Classic in Williams Gymnasium in men's volleyball action. The five match classic saw Warner Southern (Lake Wales, FL), Missouri Baptist (St. Louis, MO) and King College (Bristol, TN), along with host school Lees-McRae, converging on the campus to compete. Missouri Baptist swept their three matches 3-0, Warner Southern finished 2-1, while both LMC and King College were 0-2 for the weekend.

FRIDAY
Match 1
Missouri Baptist 3 vs. Warner Southern 0
30-20/30-27/30-21

Match 2
LMC 0 vs. Missouri Baptist 3
28-30/ 13-30/26-30

Match 3
Warner Southern 3 vs. King 0
30-28/ 30-22/ 27-30/ 30-24

SATURDAY

Match 4
Missouri Baptist 3 vs. King0
30-23/ 30-24/ 30-19

Match 5
LMC 2 vs. Warner Southern 3
22-30/ 30-27/ 27-30/ 32-30/ 16-18


Lees-McRae Match Summaries

LMC 0 vs. Missouri Baptist 3
28-30/ 13-30/26-30


The Bobcats started out strong in their first match of the Lees-McRae Classic Friday evening against the 17-7 Spartans, battling to the end but fell short in the 30-28 contest. The Spartans took total control of game two, knocking the Bobcats out 30-13. Lees-McRae clawed their way back into contention of winging game three but were unable to convert key points and dropped the game 30-26 and giving the Spartans the sweep.

Stat leaders for the Bobcats were Juan Ramirez (Miami, FL) with 24 assist, Shane Holderby (Virginia Beach, VA) with 15 kills, eight assists and five digs, and Robert Ritchie (Hollywood, FL) with five digs, one block solo and three block assists. Ryan Black (Escondido, CA) contributed two block solos and two block assists while Kyle Gauger (Penfield, NY) added six kills.

Coach Petrik commented, "Obviously this was a tough match for us. We had a hard week with injuries and had to put some guys in different positions. Missouri Baptist is a physical team and they were just more consistent than we were."

LMC 2 vs. Warner Southern 3
22-30/ 30-27/ 27-30/ 32-30/ 16-18

The Bobcats competed throughout this five game match, but the Royals took advantage of weaknesses shown by the host team. In game one the Royals walked away with a 30-22 victory, their biggest win of the tight match. The Bobcats responded by taking game two by a score of 30-27, then Warner Southern answered back, taking a 2-1 match lead with a 30-27 game three win. Games four and five both went to extra points, with the Bobcats evening the match score with a 32-30 win in the fourth only to fall 16-18 to the Royals in the fifth despite the fact that the Bobcats put up a season high 23 total team blocks for the entire match.

Leading the way for the Bobcats was junior Ryan Black with 16 kills (.500 hitting percentage). Ritchie added 12 kills, four block solos and three block assists while Gauger had 11 kills and ten digs in the effort. Teammates Justy Tevid (Barrigada, Guam) and Ramirez dug up 14 apiece with Ramirez adding 19 assists.

"Obviously this was a hard-fought match. There were some tight calls at the end but if we had taken care of business earlier in the match, it would not have had to go to five. Give both teams credit, any time you go into "overtime" in the 5th game, there is some good volleyball going on," added Coach Petrik after the game.

With the losses the Bobcats close out season with a final record of 6-15.

Pictured: Juan Ramirez