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BANNER ELK, N.C. – In search of its second straight win on its home court the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team dropped a close five-set affair (25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 20-25, 15-13) to Alderson Broaddus Saturday night at Williams Gymnasium. The loss drops LMC's record to 1-3 on the season.
Set 1 – Alderson Broaddus was able to gain a lead and hold it for the duration of the opening set mainly due to miscues by the Bobcats. LMC committed 10 attack errors, five service errors and two block errors to total 17 of ABU's points in the frame. With that working in their favor, the Battlers ended up winning the frame, 25-18.
Set 2 – The second set saw the Battlers really take control of the pace of play. As a team, Alderson Braoddus hit .462 on 26 attempts with 15 kills. The duo of Francisco Cabrera and Jose Ramirez were unstoppable in the second combining to hit .533 on 15 attempts with nine kills by themselves. The Bobcats could do little to slow this duo and the rest of the Battlers down as they went on to take the second frame, 25-20.
Set 3 – After struggling offensively in the first two frames, the Bobcats came out with their best effort to that point in the third. Lees-McRae notched 12 kills on 33 attempts, while also holding the Battler offense in check thanks to 17 digs. LMC still had to overcome 10 service errors in the stanza, but it did just that as LMC won the third to stay alive in the match, 25-20.
Set 4 – Lees-McRae continued to play at a much improved level in the fourth. Behind the duo of Ethan Gardner and Wes Rogman who had three kills each, the Bobcats were able to knock off ABU again in the fourth by the identical 25-20 final tally.
Set 5 – In the fifth and deciding frame of Saturday's match, the Bobcats scratched and clawed against the Battlers. After a kill by Gardner, the score was 14-13 Alderson Broaddus. Unfortunately for the Bobcat faithful, the Battlers notched a kills to thwart the comeback, 15-13.
Stat Standout – Gardner had the best outing of his young collegiate career totaling 11 kills on 13 attempts with just one error for a .789 hitting percentage to go along with a team-high four aces. Robert Bowling and Rogman also finished with double figure kill totals Saturday with 14 and 11, respectively.
Next Up: The Bobcats will open conference play next Wednesday when they travel to King (Tenn.) University. First serve for that match is set for 7 p.m.