MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The Mount Olive College Trojans ended Lees-McRae's chances of winning the Conference Carolinas by handing the Bobcats a 3-0 (30-23, 30-25, 30-27) loss Friday afternoon.
Mount Olive (14-2, overall, 6-1 Conference Carolinas) built a two-set lead against Lees-McRae, then used a pair of blocks by Christiaan Rombaut during a 9-1 run to take a 21-15 lead in the third set. Lees-McRae (6-9, 4-3) rallied for four unanswered points and eventually regained the lead at 26-24 after an ace by Raphael Vieira.
The Trojans pulled within 27-26 and a double block by Camilo Guerci and Adam Miracle highlighted a match-ending 4-0 run. Garcia served the final three points for the Trojans.
Alex Hoekstra finished with 45 assists, while Guerci led all players with seven blocks. Mount Olive, which has the second highest hitting percentage in the nation, recorded a .375 hitting percentage against the Bobcats.
Chad Mercado had a match-high 18 kills for Lees-McRae, and Juan Ramirez handed out 35 assists.
The Bobcats will play Stevens Saturday in Mount Olive for their next match.