The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats volleyball team battled Edinboro University Fighting Scots in second round play of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Friday evening.
The game was a rematch of a non conference regular season match up back in September that went this distance with Edinboro coming out on top three games to two. The Lady Bobcats, holding the number seven seed, had beaten number two seed California University (PA) and were poised for another upset victory over number three seed Edinboro. The Fighting Scots had knocked of the Lady Bobcats Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference rival, number six seed Mount Olive College in first round action.
With much confidence and momentum from avenging an early season defeat to California, the Lady Bobcats continued their winning ways by dominating the Fighting Scots throughout the contest building leads in each game that the feisty Edinboro squad were unable to recover from. The Lady Bobcats swept the Fighting Scots 30-27, 30-25, 30-16. CVAC Freshman of the Year Valia Petrova (Sofia, Bulgaria) continued her consistent play with 25 assists, 3 service aces and 7 digs. Junior co-captain Lacie Smith (Knoxville, TN) led all players with a match high 13 kills while also contributing 9 digs, while co-captain Bridget Thornton (Owings Mill, MD) added 6 kills and 6 digs to ensure she plays at least one more game for the green and gold as she will graduate in May with a degree in Business Administration. Freshman Natalie Burns (Orlando, FL) stepped into the starting line up for the injured Olivia Luce (Orlando, FL) playing a solid all around game as she contributed 2 kills, 4 digs, and 7 block assists. Sophomore Dani Usedom (Geneva, IL) led the Lady Bobcats defense with a match high 12 digs.
The Lady Bobcats will now move on to the sweet sixteen and face Lock Haven University Lady Eagles in the Atlantic Regional Final Saturday evening at 7:00pm. The game will be played at Thomas Fieldhouse on the campus of Lock Haven University. The Lady Bobcats will again look to avenge an early season loss to their opponents, a 3-0 loss September 30.