MISENHEIMER, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team rallied from a pair of early deficits and withstood a furious rally in the second frame en route to a straight-set sweep of Pfeiffer University on Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas play.
Lees-McRae (18-6, 13-0 CC) won the match by scores of 25-15, 29-27, and 25-12, pushing its winning streak to 16 matches overall and 44 straight victories in conference play. The Bobcats posted a .259 hitting percentage for the match, while holding Pfeiffer (7-10, 4-6 CC) to a .053 clip on the attack.
Taylor Clendenin (Statesville, N.C.) and Megan Epperson (St. John, Ind.) each tallied nine kills in the match, as Clendenin posted a .467 hitting percentage. Lauren Fox (Garland, Texas) and Jessica Singewald (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) chipped in seven and six kills, respectively, while Megan Mitchell (Minden, Nev.) added a match-high 31 assists to go along with four kills and two service aces. Sariah Suryadevara (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted match-highs of 11 digs and four service aces, while Epperson and Clendenin added eight digs and three aces, respectively.
Kelly Lancellot and Milana Mervosh paced the Falcons with four kills each, as Kaci Markham and Cate Glendenning added six and five digs, respectively. Glendenning also tallied 16 assists for Pfeiffer.
The Bobcats rebounded from an early 8-3 deficit in the first set with a 10-1 run, claiming a 13-9 advantage on a service ace by Taylor Pritchett (Apex, N.C.). After Pfeiffer trimmed the margin to 13-11 on a Blauser kill, Lees-McRae went on a 9-2 run to open a 22-13 lead before Singewald closed out the 25-15 first-set win with a kill.
Lees-McRae engaged in a heated battle with Pfeiffer for the second set, as the Falcons rallied late in the frame to erase a 23-19 deficit and even the tally at 23-23 on an Amerell kill. After the Bobcats answered to push the Falcons to the brink at 24-23, Pfeiffer fought off four set points in a stretch that featured a trio of kills from Clendenin. Following a Pfeiffer miscue that gave the Bobcats a slim 28-27 lead, Singewald shut the door with a kill to give Lees-McRae a commanding 2-0 advantage in the match.
The Bobcats rallied from an early deficit once again in the third set, launching an 11-2 run to claim a 14-9 lead on a Pfeiffer service error after opening the frame in a 7-3 hole. After Pfeiffer trimmed the margin to 14-10, the Bobcats went on an 8-1 run to take a commanding 22-11 lead in the set following a Falcon error and an ace from Suryadevara. The Bobcats then closed out the set and the match with a 3-1 spurt to take the frame, 25-12, on a service ace from Mitchell.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats host North Greenville University in a conference matchup at 7 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
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