BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats women's volleyball team suffered their first loss, 3-1 (24-26, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25) of the 2009 season at the hands of the Lincoln Memorial Lady Railsplitters on day one of the Carolina Challenge in Williams Gymnasium.
In set one, neither team could pull away. The largest led of the set came on a Katie-Marie Legg kill to give the Lady Bobcats a 9-6 lead, but the Lady Railsplitters would pull out the win, 26-24, on kills by Amanda Horenkamp and Ashley Knight.
Lincoln Memorial held an early lead in set two, but the Bobcats regained control on three Lady Railsplitters' miscues and a service ace by Justine Congdon to take a 17-14 lead. Lincoln Memorial rallied back to tie the match at 18 on a kill by Kodi Cartwright. Lincoln Memorial went on to win seven of the last eight points to earn the 25-20 win.
Set three saw the Lady Bobcats jump to a five-point lead twice. Lincoln Memorial was able to get within one point, 19-18, but Lees-McRae pulled away with the set three win, 25-23.
Lincoln Memorial slammed the accelerator down in the fourth set jumping out to an 11-3 lead. They never looked back and went on to win the set 25-19 to seal the match.
Megan Epperson led the Lady Bobcat's attack with 16 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Megan Mitchell handed out 34 assists and had four service aces. Luana Rocha paced the team with 21 digs.
Lincoln Memorial placed three hitters in double digit kills during the match. Horenkamp and Alison Hess had 11 kills apiece, while Candace Richardson followed with ten. Lauren Kiwacka had 31 assists. Horenkamp also led the team with 18 digs.
"It was a battle on the court," head Bobcat coach Jamie Petrik said. "Give credit to Lincoln Memorial. I thought we did some good things defensively, but they were much more efficient with their hitting."