Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team won the first set of its match Saturday at North Greenville, 25-23. However, the Crusaders would battle back to win three straight frames against LMC to pick up the 3-1 victory (23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-18). The loss drops Lees-McRae's record to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
1st set – LMC started Saturday's contest looking like it may win it going away as it scored the first five points of the opening set. NGU, though, did not go away quietly as it rallied to tie the score at 10-10. Once that tie occurred, the two teams exchanged leads until the scored read 23-23. Lees-McRae would pick up back-to-back points on a kill and a NGU attack error to edge the Crusaders in the first, 25-23.
2nd set – North Greenville started to figure out its offense in the second set. As a team, the Crusaders totaled 12 kills with just one error on 20 attacks for a .550 hitting percentage. With NGU hitting so well, the Bobcat offense couldn't keep up as they fell in the second, 25-19, to even the match at one a piece.
3rd set – The third set mirrored the first set in a lot of ways. No team held a lead of more than three points throughout the duration of the stanza. The score read 22-22 late in the frame. Unlike the first set though, it was North Greenville who came up with points when it needed most scoring three of the next four points to win the third, 25-23.
4th set – Facing a possible final set, the Bobcats rallied to put together their best offensive effort of the match. LMC hit .368 as a squad with 11 kills. NGU would not only match that effort though but it also would improve on it. The Crusaders hit a blistering .818 as a team to finish off the four-set victory, 25-18.
Stat Standouts – Joseph Valadez notched his first career double-double Saturday finishing with 38 assists and 10 digs. Valadez's favorite target for those assists was Wes Rogman who finished with a team-high 17 kills on 32 attacks with just five errors for a .375 hitting percentage.
Next Up – Lees-McRae will look to rebound Tuesday when it takes on Belmont Abbey on the road. LMC and BAC are scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m.