Photo Credit to Morgan Corbett
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Junior John Sobel delivered 13 kills and Keenan Freitas turned in a match-high 11 digs while the Lees-McRae men's volleyball team fell 18-25, 21-25, 20-25, to North Greenville in Conference Carolinas action Wednesday evening at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Crusaders (12-13, 7-10 CC) swung at a .306 clip in the match while Alexander Schinzing dished out 33 assists. The Bobcats (1-22, 0-15) had three players with six or more kills.
NGU staked itself to a 9-6 lead in the first following a Matthew McManaway kill.
Sobel, Shayka and senior Drew Blecher (York, Pa.) used a kill each to produce a 5-2 run to tie it at 11.
The Crusaders responded with a 9-3 run, capped off by another McManaway kill, 20-14.
The Bobcats staved off game point with a block from Blecher, Shayka and Jack Frank (Tampa, Fla.), 24-18, but NGU's Luuga Vailu'u delivered one of his 13 kills to close out the set.
LMC grabbed a 9-6 lead in the second following two kills from Sobel and one from Rudy Klaas (Dakar, Senegal).
NGU ripped off a 13-5 run to grab a 19-14 advantage while Vailu'u contributed a trio of kills.
Blecher earned an ace before a pair of Crusader errors cut the deficit to two, 23-21.
NGU claimed the last two points to win the set.
Leading by two, the Crusaders tallied a 6-0 run, capped off by an ace from Aaron Campbell.
The visitors eventually won the set following a pair of kills from two different players.
Blecher dished out 26 assists and had five digs.
Frank finished with four kills and a block assist.
LMC welcomes Mount Olive Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. for a CC match in Williams Gym.
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