Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team dropped a four-set decision on its home floor Tuesday night to Belmont Abbey (25-23, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20). The loss pushes Lees-McRae's record to 2-15 overall and 0-9 in league play in 2018.
Set 1 – Both Belmont Abbey and Lees-McRae held the advantage in the opening stanza. The turning point of the frame came with the score tied at 15. After that juncture, the Crusaders rattled off a 4-0 run to pull in front for good as they won the opening set, 25-23. LMC did make a late run after a kill from Spencer Graf made it 24-23 Belmont Abbey. Unfortunately, the Crusaders answered with a kill of their own to clinch the set win.
Set 2 – Lees-McRae used a combination of efficient offense and production off the block to even Tuesday's match at 1-1. LMC, which won the second set 25-19, hit .261 on 23 attacks with just one error. Defensively, the Bobcat defense tallied 13 digs and posted four blocks in the frame.
Set 3 – In the third frame, miscues by Lees-McRae was the difference. LMC committed a total of 17 errors combined between attack, service, blocking or ball handling errors. With so many points coming their way thanks to mistakes by LMC, Belmont Abbey won the third, 25-19.
Set 4 – In what proved to be the final set of Tuesday's contest, Belmont Abbey put together its best offensive performance of the night. The Crusaders hit a match-high .364 on 22 attacks with 12 kills in the fourth to lift themselves to a 25-20 win over the Bobcats in the match-clinching set victory.
Stat Standouts – Lees-McRae had a pair of players reach double figures in kills Tuesday. Graf led the way with a career-high 13 kills, while Wes Rogman added 10 kills. Rogman also contributed 11 digs to notch his first double-double of the season. Defensively, Chris Woolslayer led the way with 15 digs, and Ethan Gardner paced the Bobcats on the block with six blocks on the night.
Next Up – The Bobcats will hit the road Friday for Georgia to take on conference rival Emmanuel College. First serve between the Bobcats and Lions is set for 7 p.m.