Bobcats ranked eighth in the nation in service aces

INDIANAPOLIS --- The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team is ranked eighth in the nation in service aces per set, and is listed in nine other individual and team categories in this week's edition of the NCAA Division II women's volleyball statistics, announced NCAA officials Tuesday.

Lees-McRae (10-6, 6-0 Conference Carolinas) has been on a tear of late, winning eight straight matches while extending its winning streak in league play to 37 consecutive contests. The Bobcats enter the week ranked eighth in the nation in aces, averaging 2.7 per set, while also ranking 63rd in assists per frame (11.72), 73rd in kills per set (12.46), and 82nd in winning percentage (0.625).

Freshman Taylor Pritchett (Apex, N.C.) enters the week ranked 21st in service aces, averaging 0.65 per set, while junior Megan Mitchell (Minden, Nev.) and fellow rookie Sariah Suryadevara (Cincinnati, Ohio) are listed 26th and 27th, respectively, with identical averages of 0.60 aces per frame. Mitchell is also ranked 58th in assists per set (9.8), while Suryadevara is listed 22nd in digs per frame (5.35).

Senior Megan Epperson (St. John, Ind.) surged 37 spots in kills per set after averaging 4.6 smashes per frame last week en route to her first career Conference Carolinas Player of the Week honors. The 5-11 outside hitter enters the week ranked 62nd in kills per set (3.58) and 65th in points per frame (4.11).

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Friday when the Bobcats travel to Raleigh, N.C. to take on St. Augustine's College in a 6 p.m. matchup.

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