Banner Elk, NC--The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats defeated Conference Carolinas foe Mount Olive College 3-1 in Williams Gymnasium Saturday afternoon. The win gives the Bobcats a 14-3 conference record (20-11 overall), leaviing them a half-game behind conference leader Limestone with three conference matches left in the regular season. The Trojans fall to 11-6 (15-13 overall).
The Lady Bobcats came out stong in game one, seemingly ready to take revenge on the Trojans who had managed to defeat them in five games earlier in the season. Mount Olive was not ready to give up yet and pulled within one point late in the game. However, the Bobcats answered right back, firing off the last couple of points to take game one 30-27.
Game two was a battle from the beginning with neither team willing to give the other any ground. Finally the determined Trojans managed to take a 27-23 lead which was enough of a cushion to give them the win in game two, 30-26.
Lees-McRae rallied charging to a 7-1 lead in game three. Freshman Kell Bogdan (Leawood, KS) with four aces on the day put together a solid service run in the middle of game three. Senior Natalie Burns (Orlando, FL) and sophomore Katie Legg (Alta Loma, CA) also stepped up with their hitting, finishing the day with nine and eight kills respectively.
The Bobcats showed no mercy in game four of the match jumping to an early 10-3 lead to which the Trojans had no answer. With the passers on top of their game and a number of blocks at the net the Bobcats clinched the match win 30-17.
Cordoba, Argentina native Daviana Metti lead the Bobcats with 16 kills, two solo blocks, one block assist, 3 aces and 20 digs. Sophomore Lauren Dickover (Las Vegas, NV) had 52 assists and 15 digs while teammates Caty Honey (Geneva, IL) and Katie Legg had three block assists each.
"Our team has showed remarkable resilience the last few weeks, bouncing back each time we have dropped a game in key matches. It's truly a testament to the team's belief in their ability," commented Head Coach Jamie Petrik after the game.
The Lady Bobcats continue the season at 7:00pm Tuesday, October 30th against Conference Carolinas opponent Queens University.