Men's Volleyball

Men's Volleyball Drops Road Bout at St. Francis (Pa.), 3-1

Men's Volleyball Drops Road Bout at St. Francis (Pa.), 3-1

LORETTO, Pa. --- Junior John Sobel smashed out a match-high 14 kills, but the Lees-McRae men's volleyball team fell to St. Francis (Pa.), 23-25, 18-25, 25-19, 13-25, in nonconference play at DeGol Arena Friday evening in Loretto, Pa.

The Red Flash (4-4) climbed to .500 on the season by swinging better than .370 in two sets while Jeff Hogan amassed 13 kills. The Bobcats (0-6) saw freshman Levi Gifford (Virginia Beach, Va.) produce a solo block and two block assists.

Sobel (Holbrook, N.Y.) and Gifford stuffed consecutive attack attempts from Hogan to jump out to a 10-5 lead in the first.

LMC led 17-13 following a kill from junior Rudy Klaas (Dakar, Senegal).

SFU rallied back with a 12-6 run and used a pair of kills from Mike Marshman to win the set.

The Red Flash led wire-to-wire in the second and led 19-10 after consecutive kills from Marshman.

LMC cut the deficit to six, 24-18, with a kill from Sobel, but Hogan notched one of his own to give the home squad the set.

The Bobcats used a well-timed ace from Mark Shayka (Hamilton, Va.) to take a 19-15 lead in the third.

Sobel contributed a pair of kills and Shayka added one while LMC claimed the set.

Marshman used consecutive aces to put SFU up 17-6 and The Red Flash cruised to the win following an ace from Xavier Krause.

Senior Drew Blecher (York, Pa.) dished out 28 assists while Keenan Freitas (Hilo, Hawaii) tallied 12 digs.

LMC travels to North Greenville Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. for a Conference Carolinas tilt in Tigerville, S.C.

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