Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team pushed the defending Conference Carolinas champions to four sets Tuesday night at Williams Gymnasium but ultimately fell to the Tornado (14-25, 27-25, 14-25, 24-26). The loss pushes Lees-McRae's record to 1-3 on the season and 0-1 in conference action.
Set 1 – To say the Tornado offense was clicking in the first set would be an understatement. As a team, King hit a blistering .667 with 15 kills on 21 attacks. The hot-hitting Tornado proved too much for the Bobcats to overcome as the latter fell in the first by a score of 25-14.
Set 2 – Play took a significant turn in the second frame. Instead of relying on offense, both squads turned to their defense to score points. King and Lees-McRae each accounted for five blocks in the second stanza. Lees-McRae looked like it could run away with the set as it led 20-15. King, however, clawed back to make the score 24-24 and 25-25 before back-to-back points by the Bobcats sealed the 27-25 victory.
Set 3 – After evening up the match at a set a piece, the Bobcats struggled to get their offense rolling in the third. Lees-McRae committed a total of 11 attack errors in the third, which ultimately led the Tornado to cruise to a 25-14 win in the frame to regain the lead.
Set 4 – Facing a possible defeat, Lees-McRae put on its best offensive performance of the match in the fourth. The Bobcats totaled 17 kills in the frame and posted a hitting percentage of .308. The strong effort from Lees-McRae came after it trailed by as many as seven points. The comeback attempt by the Bobcats led to the score being tied at 24-24. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, King picked up back-to-back points to finish off the match.
Stat Standouts – A pair of Bobcats finished with double-figure kill totals in the match. Senior Hector Serviat led the way with 13 kills, which was one shy of his career-high. Drew Sims, meanwhile, set a new career-best with 10 kills to his name. Setting this duo up was Nick Cookingham who finished with 36 assists on top of five kills of his own. Defensively, Serviat put forth four blocks to pace the Bobcats up front, while Chris Woolslayer totaled 14 digs in the contest.
Next Up – The Bobcats will be back in action Saturday when they play host to North Greenville at Williams Gymnasium. First serve between the Crusaders and Bobcats is set for 3 p.m.