Women's Volleyball

Bobcats sweep trio to run win streak to five

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team continued its winning ways on Saturday, sweeping a trio of matches against Barton College, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Concord University in Williams Gymnasium to run its victorious streak to five contests.

Lees-McRae (7-6, 3-0 Conference Carolinas) opened the day with a league win over Barton (4-4, 0-2 CC), sweeping the Bulldogs by scores of 25-17, 25-23, and 25-18. The Bobcats then registered a 25-16, 25-19, 25-18 victory over Pembroke (5-7), before closing out the day with a 25-13, 25-14, 25-14 win over Concord (4-7).

The Bobcats posted a combined .272 hitting percentage on the day, including a .323 clip against Concord, while averaging an impressive 15.33 kills per set. Senior Megan Epperson (St. John, Ind.) paced the Bobcats with 38 kills and a sensational .350 hitting percentage for the day, averaging 4.22 kills and two digs per set. Junior Taylor Clendenin (Statesville, N.C.) had a solid day as well, averaging 3.22 kills per set while attacking at a .311 clip.

Megan Mitchell (Minden, Nev.) averaged 11.75 assists and 1.75 kills per set, while posting a sensational .433 hitting percentage. Freshman libero Sariah Suryadevara (Cincinnati, Ohio) continued her strong play for the Bobcats, averaging an impressive 6.22 digs per set to raise her conference-leading season clip to 5.19 savers per frame.

Match One: Lees-McRae 3, Barton 0 - Box Score

The Bobcats opened the day with a solid sweep of Barton, holding the Bulldogs to a .092 clip on the attack while dropping in 11 service aces. Epperson led the way for the Bobcats with 12 kills on 23 swings, posting a .348 hitting percentage while sophomore Lauren Fox (Garland, Texas) notched nine kills and a blistering .412 attacking clip. Mitchell chipped in 38 assists, while Suryadevara added a match-high 16 digs.

Kati Wood paced Barton with five kills, while Melissa Cochran and Jordan Lee each added four kills. Amanda Grandy chipped in 13 digs, while Meka Hoover added a team-high 17 assists.

Match Two: Lees-McRae 3, UNC Pembroke 0 - Box Score

Lees-McRae pushed its winning streak to four with a three-set sweep of UNC Pembroke in its second match of the day, limiting the Braves to a .029 clip on the attack while posting a .269 hitting percentage of its own.

Epperson led the way once again, tallying a match-high 15 kills while attacking at a .379 clip. Clendenin added 11 kills and a .526 hitting percentage, while Mitchell and Suryadevara chipped in match-highs of 34 assists and 22 digs, respectively. Dana Oliver (Davie, Fla.) nearly posted a double-double with eight kills and nine digs, while Kallai Johnston (Statesville, N.C.) added a match-high four blocks.

Tricia Varno paced the Braves with nine kills and a .368 hitting percentage, as Chelsea Phillips added six kills and five digs. Marissa Baker also added a team-high 12 digs for UNCP.

Match Three: Lees-McRae 3, Concord 0 - Box Score

The Bobcats closed out the day with a three-set sweep of Concord, posting a .323 hitting percentage while holding the Mountain Lions to a .011 attacking clip. Senior Jessica Singewald (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) paced the Bobcats with 12 kills and a .417 hitting percentage, while Epperson and Clendenin each chipped in 11 kills. Suryadevara and Molly Corhn (Hendersonville, N.C.) chipped in 18 and 11 digs, respectively, while Mitchell added match-highs of 22 assists and five service aces.

Lindsay Smith paced Concord with four kills, while Sarah Jones and Helen Theisen each added three smashes. Amanda Walker and Nikki McMillan chipped in nine and eight digs, respectively, as Theisen added a team-high eight assists.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Due West, S.C. to take on Erskine College in a conference matchup at 7 p.m.

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