ANDERSON, SC--A young Lees-McRae defeated Limestone to capture
its 10th straight Conference Carolinas Tournament championship
Saturday afternoon at the Abney Center. With the win Lees-McRae
receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament and
will play next week at a location and date yet to be
The Lady Bobcats, 26-11 overall, seemed to have control of the
match after they won the first two games, but the Lady Saints
battled back to force a fifth game.
"After the first two games I didn't believe Limestone would push
us as hard as they pushed, but they did and deserve a tremendous
amount of credit for their performance," said Lees-McRae head coach
But Lees-McRae took control of fifth game with two three-point
runs. With the game tied at 5, the Bobcats scored three straight
points. They also used another three-point run to close out the
"With six freshman and four out of five new passers we showed
tremendous confidence in tight situations," said Petrik.
The tournament MVP, Daviana Metti (Cordoba, Argentina) recorded
27 kills and 18 digs to lead the Bobcats' attack. Senior Caty
Honey (Geneva, IL)added 19 kills and Kell Bogdan (Leawood, KS) had
23 digs for Lees-McRae. Lees-McRae setter Lauren Dickover (Las
Vegas, NV) dished out 64 assists and had 22 digs.
Limestone, 20-16 overall, was led by Melissa Thomas (Easely,
SC), who had 19 kills, 18 digs and nine total blocks. Ashley
Hubbard (Temple,TX)contributed 12 kills and 6 blocks for the
Saints. Chelsea Anthony picked up 22 digs and Laura Kerrsion handed
out 38 assists for Limestone.
Joining Metti on the all-tournament team were Bodgan, Honey,
Thomas, Hubbard, Margaret Madison of Coker, and Lindsay Doggett of
PICTURED TOP LEFT: Daviana Metti
BOTTOM UPPER: Conference Champions!
BOTTOM LOWER: Seniors Daviana Metti, Dani Usedom, and Caty