Lady Bobcats Come From Behind to Beat Falcons

MISENHEIMER, NC--The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats fought back from a 2-0 deficit to win a five game match Tuesday evening at Pfeiffer University, increasing their Conference Carolinas leading record to 13-3. Pfeiffer falls to 10-6 in Conference Carolinas play, and 17-10 overall.

The Falcons took a close and exciting game one, ready to play the nine-time defending Conference Champions on their home court. The Falcons Lauren Spiotta had Pfeiffer doubled up on the Lady Bobcats with a block at the net, 12-6, before the Lady Bobcats fought back with a 10-6 run to knot the game at 16. After a back and forth rally that went down to the final two points, the home side emerged with a 30-28 win for the 1-0 lead.

The Lady Bobcats came out on fire in game two, building a 9-1 lead. However, the Falcons fought right back to cut the lead to two, 13-11. The Falcons would use a 4-0 run to take a 20-19 advantage, however the Lady Bobcats would once again knot the score, this time at 27. Once again the Falcons would hang tough and use the home court advantage to take another 30-28 win, and a 2-0 lead.

Game three was again close, going point for point; however the Lady Bobcats would pull out the win after the Falcons had tied the score at 25. A 4-1 run would pull Lees-McRae within one, ending the game 30-26, as the visitors looked to take match to the distance to sweep the two match season series.

The Lady Bobcats marched out to an early 8-3 lead, stretching it to 21-12 to take control. The resilient Falcons, hungry for the upset would mount a comeback to draw within one 25-24. After regrouping, the Lady Bobcats would outscore the home side 5-3 to hang on and force a fifth and deciding game.

After the Bobcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead, the Falcons would come back against the Lady Bobcats to tie the score at four. Once again, momentum shifted, this time back to Lees-McRae, using a 6-0 run to ride to a 15-9 win, completing the three game comeback win.

Senior Daviana Metti (Cordoba, Argentina) led the Lady Bobcats with 21 kills and 19 digs while freshman Whitney Kiser (Connelly Springs, NC) and junior Natalie Burns (Orlando, FL) chipped in with 11 and 10 respectively. Freshman Kell Bogdan (Leawood, KS) registered her third 30 dig game, picking up 33 in the contest while sophomore Lauren Dickover (Las Vegas, NV) and freshman Tracey Copley (Virginia Beach, VA) added 17 and 12 a piece. Dickover handled much of the setting duties at the net, recording 49 assists while also adding three service aces.

After dropping the opening game of a five game road swing, the Lady Bobcats have reeled off four straight Conference Carolinas road wins, and will now wrap up the regular season with five home games. At 19-11 overall, the Lady Bobcats will begin their home stand with a 4:00pm contest at Williams Gymnasium Saturday afternoon against Mount Olive.

PICTURED TOP LEFT: Lauren Dickover