BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team got out to an early 2-0 lead on the University of Charleston (W.V.) Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium, but the Golden Eagles came rallying back to win the next three sets to hand the Bobcats their first loss of the 2017 season.
Both teams struggled to maintain serve in the opening set. There were 13 service errors combined between the Bobcats and Golden Eagles. Due to the inconsistency from the service line, LMC and Charleston ended up going to extra points to decide the first frame. The two squads were tied at 24, 25 and 26 before Lees-McRae notched back-to-back points to finish off the stanza, 28-26.
Lees-McRae's offense was on point in the second set hitting .727 as a team on 22 attempts. John Sobel led the way with five kills with Hector Serviat and Wes Rogman with four each. Due to the hot-hitting Bobcat offense, Charleston could not keep up as it dropped the second frame, 25-17.
Following the break between the second and third sets, Charleston looked like a completely different team. The Golden Eagles hit .450 as a team on 20 attempts with 12 kills. On the flip side, LMC was set back by nine attack errors in the stanza, which allowed Charleston to stay alive with a set victory, 25-13.
LMC held the lead for the majority of the fourth set, but Charleston rallied back to tie the score at 17 before going on an 8-5 run to force a fifth set, 25-22.
The duo of Reto Pfund and Mark Shayka combined for six kills on eight attempts in the fifth set, but it was not enough for the Bobcats as the Golden Eagles won the fifth set to complete the comeback, 15-11.
The Bobcats will return to the court next weekend with a pair of road matches. LMC will take on Alderson Broaddus on Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on the same Charleston squad Saturday at 2 p.m.