Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team looked like it may pick up its second straight win Friday night against Mount Olive at Williams Gymnasium. Unfortunately for the Bobcat faithful in attendance, the Trojans edged the Bobcats in five sets (25-20, 20-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11). The loss dips LMC's record to 3-20 overall and 1-13 in conference on the campaign.
Set 1 – Neither team began Friday's match performing well offensively as neither squad hit above .200 in the first set. The small amount of offense there was in the first came from UMO. The duo of Brad Monaghan and Luke Visgitis combined for 11 kills on 19 attacks to power the Trojans to a 25-20 win over the Bobcats.
Set 2 – Lees-McRae rebounded in a major way following the first set loss. LMC hit a match-high .346 on 26 attacks. Robert Bowling was a major reason for this high hitting percentage number as the freshman outside hitter notched five kills on nine attempts with just one error in the second. Thanks to the hot-hitting from Bowling and the rest of the Bobcats, they were able to even the score at a set a piece, 25-20.
Set 3 – In the third set, the Trojans scuffled mightily trying to get their offense on track. Mount Olive had more attack errors then it had kills in the stanza (nine to six). This was due in part because of the Bobcat defense, which tallied four blocks in frame. Even with the sluggish offensive numbers, UMO held a 23-21 lead on LMC late until the Bobcats scored four straight points to go up in the contest, 25-23.
Set 4 – After dropping back-to-back sets to Lees-McRae, it looked Mount Olive corrected itself in the fourth. UMO led by as many as 10 points (19-9) in the fourth. LMC, however, clawed all the way back to the score at 22. Trying to answer LMC's comeback attempt, Mount Olive made a key substitution to help it score three of the next four points to stay alive in the match, 25-23.
Set 5 – The tandem of Chris Woolslayer and Spencer Graf combined for eight kills in 11 attacks in the fifth and final set but it proved to be not enough as the Trojans put together their best offensive set of the contest hitting .304 to finish off the five-set win, 15-11.
Next Up – The Bobcats will have a quick turnaround as they will host Barton at Williams Gymnasium Saturday afternoon. LMC and Barton are scheduled to get underway at noon.