October 29, 2011

Bobcats slay Knights in straight sets

Box score

LAURINBURG, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team clinched at least a share of its 13th Conference Carolinas regular season championship on Saturday afternoon in conference play, sweeping St. Andrews University in straight sets.

Lees-McRae (22-8, 16-0 CC) won the match by scores of 25-16, 25-9, and 25-7, holding St. Andrews (2-28, 0-15 CC) to a .013 hitting percentage while attacking at a .352 clip of its own. With the win, the Bobcats extended their conference winning streak to 47 straight matches.

Taylor Clendenin (Statesville, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with nine kills and no errors on 15 swings to post a .600 hitting percentage, while Megan Epperson (St. John, Ind.) chipped in eight kills to become the first player in program history to breach the 1,400-kill plateau. Jessica Singewald (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) and Lauren Fox (Garland, Texas) added seven and six kills, respectively, as Epperson posted nine digs to move within one saver to tying the program's all-time record.

Sariah Suryadevara (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted a match-high 18 digs, as Clendenin and Taylor Pritchett (Apex, N.C.) dug out eight and seven Knight attacks, respectively. Megan Mitchell (Minden, Nev.) added a match-high 23 assists, as Pritchett chipped in 11 helpers. Epperson also posted a match-high three service aces.

Celia Duggan paced St. Andrews with five kills and .357 hitting percentage, as Ashleigh Fritter and Allie Garland each posted a team-high nine digs. Ruka Akolade also added eight digs.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Belmont, N.C. to take on Belmont Abbey College in a conference matchup at 7 p.m.

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