BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats avenged their only Conference Carolinas loss of the season with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-18) sweep of the Mount Olive College Trojans Friday night in Williams Gymnasium in women's volleyball action.
With the win, Lees-McRae improves to 22-5 overall and 13-1 in the conference, while Mount Olive slips to 12-15 overall and 11-3 in the conference. Lees-McRae now has a two-match lead on the conference with seven days remaining in the regular season. The team is enjoying their best record since head coach Jamie Petrik took over in 2005-2006 season when the team made an appearance in the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen.
In the first set, the Lady Bobcats took an early 5-3 lead on two Trojan attack errors and never looked back. They took their largest of the set when Trisha Reese finished the set with a service ace to make it 25-18.
In second set, Lees-McRae never trailed jumping out to a 10-7 lead. The Lady Bobcats closed the set on a 15-9 run to win the set 25-16 and take a 2-0 lead.
The Trojans took their only lead of match 1-0 in the third set before a kill by Whitney Justice and a solo block by Megan Epperson gave the Lady Bobcats a 2-1 lead. Mount Olive tied the match at four, but four Mount Olive errors and a kill by Katie-Marie Legg gave made it 9-4, Lees-McRae. Mount Olive went on a 6-3 run, but was unable to tie or regain the lead as Lees-McRae finished the sweep with a 25-18 win.
Lees-McRae was led by Justice, who had nine kills on 16 attempts with one error for a .444 hitting percentage. Legg followed with seven kills on 15 attempts with two errors for a .333 hitting percentage. Megan Mitchell had a match-high 29 assists, and Conference Carolinas Player of the Week, Luana Rocha, had a match-high 12 digs. Legg also had a match-high five total blocks, one solo and four block assists. Justice and Megan Epperson had four totals blocks, as Lees-McRae controlled the net with ten and a half team blocks, 17 block assists and two solo blocks.
Christiane Maul paced Mount Olive with nine kills on 15 attempts with three errors for a .400 hitting percentage. Alicia Mote and Racey Bartley followed with eight and seven kills respectively. Joanie Werling handed out 24 assists, and Mote led the team with seven digs. Kailey Preece had three total blocks, one solo and two block assists to lead Mount Olive. As a team, the Trojans only had five blocks.
Lees-McRae will host Barton on Saturday at 2 p.m. Saturday will also be Senior Day for Lees-McRae's three seniors: Legg, Lauren Dickover and Trisha Reese.