MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The sixth-seeded Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team fell in three sets to third-seeded Mount Olive in the opening round of the Conference Carolinas men's volleyball tournament Tuesday night. With the loss, the Bobcats finish their 2017 season with a 10-17 record which is a nine-win improvement from last season.
Set 1: The Bobcats came out swinging in the first set as they put together their best set offensively of the match. LMC hit .417 in 24 attempts with 11 kills in the frame. Despite the stellar offense from Lees-McRae, Mount Olive answered with stellar offensive numbers of its own hitting .406 on 32 attempts with 16 kills in the stanza on its way to a 25-19 win in the first.
Set 2: Mount Olive kept things rolling in the second set as it hit a match-high .450 on 20 attempts with 12 kills. Sophomore Hector Serviat posted five of his eight kills in the second and hit .571. Serviat and the rest of the Bobcats could not keep up with the Trojans though as UMO edged LMC 25-22.
Set 3: LMC held a lead in the third at 8-7, but the Trojans then scored four straight points and never looked back as they went on to finish off the match, 25-17. A major key in the third frame was UMO's work from the service line as it totaled a match-high six aces in the stanza.
The majority of LMC's team is set to return next season. The team, however, will have to find a way to make up the production lost from its five seniors from this season: John Sobel, Keenan Freitas, Mark Shayka, Rudy Klaas and Dominick Hamilton.