Fairfax, VA--The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats volleyball team returned home from the Northern Virginia Volleyball Association Welcome Tournament as Champions after posting a 3-0 record to open the 2007 season after two tightly contested five game matches against East Stroudsburg and UNC-Pembroke. Friday, the Bobcats opened the year blanking Concordia 3-0.
The Lady Bobcats squared off against East Stroudsburg in the morning match up Saturday, winning games two, four and five to squeeze out the win. After dropping the first game 28-30, the Lady Bobcats dominated the second for a ten point win, 30-20. The third and fourth games showed the back and forth action that was evident in the first, as neither team was able to pull away. Carrying the momentum from a 30-24 game four win, the Lady Bobcats cruised to the 15-8 win in the deciding game to improve to 2-0.
Senior Daviana Metti (Cordoba, Argentina) led the Lady Bobcats attack with a career high 27 kills while hitting .372. Junior Natalie Burns added nine kills while sophomore Katie-Marie Legg (Alta Loma, CA) put down eight. Senior Caty Honey (Geneva, IL) and freshman Whitney Kiser (Connelly Springs, NC) added seven kills each as the Lady Bobcats spread the offense and hit .274 as a team. Freshman Tracey Copley (Virginia Beach, VA) and senior libero Dani Usedom led the way defensively with 15 digs while Metti added ten. Copley also registered a handful of service aces while Trisha Reese (Hanover, PA) and Kell Bogdan (Leawood, KS) added three a piece. Reese (pictured top left) also set a new career high with 57 assists over the five game marathon. At the net, Metti paced the Lady Bobcats with three solo blocks and a pair of block assists while Legg chipped in two solos and three assists.
In the afternoon tilt the Lady Bobcats faced UNC-Pembroke, again dropping the first game, 25-30. The Lady Bobcats regrouped to earn a hard fought 31-29 win in the second game only to fall flat in game three and lose 9-30. Game four saw the Lady Bobcats avenge the embarrassing third game loss, as the team cruised to a 30-19 win before closing things out with a 15-12 win the deciding fifth game.
Metti (pictured bottom left) once again led the way offensively with a team high 19 kills while Kiser and Honey added 13 and 11 respectively. Reese equaled her service ace total from the morning with three and fell two short of her new career high for assists established that morning, adding 55 against the Braves. Metti and Bogdan contributed 15 and 14 digs respectively.
As a team, the Lady Bobcats recorded ten blocks, as Burns led the way with a block solo and four block assists and Legg added a pair of both solo and assisted blocks.
The Lady Bobcats will return home to Williams Gymnasium Wednesday evening to open up their Conference Carolinas schedule against Pfeiffer University. The Lady Falcons have former Lady Bobcat standout Amanda Huffaker '07 on their staff this season as a graduate assistant. Game time is set for 7:00pm.