Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team fell on the road to North Greenville University in three sets (25-17, 25-14, 25-22) Saturday evening in Conference Carolinas action.
Set 1 – The opening set of the contest began well for Lees-McRae. At one point, the Bobcats held a 10-8 advantage on the Crusaders. Facing an early deficit, the Crusaders got things clicking with a 7-0 run to rapidly change the score to 15-10 North Greenville. Even with the Bobcats trying to play catchup after that point, North Greenville was able to extend its lead to as many as eight points. That eight-point advantage proved to be the winning margin for North Greenville, 25-17.
Set 2 – Lees-McRae never really got out of the blocks offensively in the second frame. The North Greenville defense held the Bobcat attack to more errors than kills in the second stanza. NGU, meanwhile, hit a respectable .292 with 12 kills in 24 attacks. With these two factors working together, the Crusaders went on to take the second frame, 25-14.
Set 3 – Facing a 2-0 deficit in the match, the Bobcats put together arguably their best effort of the contest in the third set. Lees-McRae was able to build a five-point lead on North Greenville (15-10). But much like in the first set, the Crusaders came roaring back to not only tie the score but also eventually take the lead. NGU took the lead for good after a kill made it 22-21 followed a 3-1 run by the Crusaders to close out the match.
Stat standouts – Individually, the Bobcats were led by Drew Sims. Sims not only led the team with six kills but he also paced the squad with five digs to go along with a pair of block assists. As a team, the Bobcats had a good night from the service line finishing with six aces. This was just one shy of a season high for the team. Nick Cookingham led this effort with three aces, while Chris Woolslayer had two aces as well.
Next up – The Bobcats will return to action on Wednesday when they visit rival King University. First serve between the Tornado and Bobcats is set for 7 p.m.