BANNER ELK, N.C. - Whitney Justice, the 2009 Conference Carolinas All-Tournament MVP, had 13 kills and a .444 hitting percentage to lead the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-14) win over the Limestone College Lady Saints to earn the Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Tournament Championship Sunday afternoon in Williams Gymnasium.
With the win, Lees-McRae improves to 29-5 overall and wins their tenth conference tournament title in the past eleven years. The Lady Bobcats will also advance to the 2009 NCAA Tournament's Southeast Regional, which will be hosted by Wingate University Thursday. Limestone's season ends with a 21-15 overall record and finished second in the conference tournament for the second time in three years.
In the first set, Lees-McRae ran out to a 10-3 lead aided by three Justine Congdon kills and two kills from Justice, but Limestone would fight back and close the lead to 22-17 on a Lady Bobcats service error. After a Lees-McRae timeout, the Bobcats would end the match at 25-19 on a Megan Epperson kill.
The second set saw a tight match before Limestone took a 15-12 lead on a kill by Melissa Thomas, and Limestone extended their lead to 20-15. Justice sparked the Lees-McRae comeback with a kill to cut the lead to 20-16. The Lady Bobcats tied the match at 21 on a kill by Katie-Marie Legg. With the match tied at 23 Legg and Taylor Clendenin had back-to-back kills to win the second set 25-23.
Lees-McRae took an early 11-4 third set lead and scored the final five points of the set to win the match and 25-14.
Justice's match high 13 kills and .444 hitting percentage paced the Lady Bobcats. Clendenin, Legg and Epperson added six kills apiece. Megan Mitchell had a match high 30 assists, and Luana Rocha had 13 digs. Legg had a team-high three total blocks, one solo block and two block assists.
Melissa Thomas led the Lady Saints with eight kills, and Brooke England had a match-high 15 digs. Luara Kerrison had two service aces and 12 assists, and Holi Dawson had four total blocks, all four were block assists.
Joining Justice on the All-Tournament Team was, Anderson's Jamie Lancaster, Pfeiffer's Abbie Ovbey, Limestone's Thomas and England and Lees-McRae's Trisha Reese and Rocha.