MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats women's volleyball team suffered their first Conference Carolinas loss of the season, 3-2 (25-10, 25-17, 23-25, 23-25, 19-23), at the hands of the Mount Olive Trojans Friday night.
The Lady Bobcats jumped out to an early two set lead with a 25-10 set one win and a 25-17 set two win. The Trojans, however, bounced back to win the final three sets, 23-25 in sets three and four and 21-19 in set five, to secure the match. Lees-McRae led 14-11 in the fifth set, but couldn't capitalize on three match points for the win.
With the loss, the Lady Bobcats falls to 9-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference, while the Trojans improve to 5-12 overall and 5-0 in the conference. Mount Olive stays at the top of the conference as the lone unbeaten as the Bobcats are in a tie with Pfeiffer with one loss.
Whitney Justice paced the Lady Bobcat offense with 16 kills and a .600 hitting percentage. Justice's 16 kills came on 25 attempts with only one error. She also led the Bobcats with six blocks, one solo and five block assists. Megan Epperson followed with 13 kills, and Taylor Clendenin had 12 kills. Both players hit over .300 in the match. Megan Mitchell passed out 42 assists, and Luana Rocha picked up 14 digs. Epperson had ten service aces, and Justine Condon had six service aces.
Alicia Mote and Racey Bartley led the Trojans with 17 kills. Caitlin Skislak contributed ten kills. Joanie Werling handed 51 assists. Mote and Christine Maul 12 and 11 digs respectively.
The Lady Bobcats travel to Barton Saturday for their next match.
Pictured: Whitney Justice