Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – No. 13 UC Santa Barbara swept the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team in three sets Saturday evening at State College, Pa. (25-16, 25-16, 25-10). The loss dips LMC's record to 5-12 on the season.
Set 1: The Gauchos scored the first point of the set and never trailed after that as they went on to defeat the Bobcats 25-16 in the opening frame. LMC was within three of the Gauchos at 18-15, but UC Santa Barbara went on a 6-1 run to close out the first.
Set 2: LMC led UCSB for the first time in the match in the second. The Bobcats held an 8-7 advantage on the Gauchos but much like they did in the first, the Gauchos went on a little run (7-1 in the second) to gain enough separation from Lees-McRae. UCSB went on to win the second frame, 25-16.
Set 3: In what proved to be the final frame of the match, the Gauchos hit a match-high .533 on 15 attempts while holding Lees-McRae to match-low -.048 hitting percentage. The hot offense by UCSB and the coldness of LMC's offense led to a 25-10 set victory for UC Santa Barbara.
Stat Leaders: For the sixth time this season, senior John Sobel hit at least .333 as he totaled a team-high nine kills as well. Fellow senior Keenan Freitas paced the Bobcat defense with seven digs. On the block, Reto Pfund totaled a pair of block assists and he also dished out a team-high 22 assists Saturday.
Next Up: Lees-McRae's next scheduled match is next Saturday when it hosts Lindenwood at 4 p.m. Stay tuned to lmcbobcats.com for updates on the status of this match in the coming days.