Saints outlast Bobcats in four-set battle
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Freshman Avalon Liscio (Naples, Fla.) tallied a match-high 22 kills to lead the Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team on Wednesday evening, as Limestone College fought off a trio of set points in the third frame en route to a hard-fought 3-1 victory in Conference Carolinas play.
Limestone (11-14, 9-7 CC) won the match by scores of 25-22, 21-25, 29-27, and 25-19, posting 75 digs and 48 kills, as Lees-McRae (2-27, 0-16 CC) dug out 64 Saint attacks, recorded 10 service aces and held the Saints to a .159 hitting percentage.
Liscio paced the Bobcats with a double-double, notching 22 kills and 13 digs, as Molly Corhn (Hendersonville, N.C.) added 37 assists and 15 savers. Haylee Leonard (Wallburg, N.C.) tallied 16 digs and six kills, while posting a match-leading.286 hitting percentage.
Angela Morse (Greenville, S.C.) recorded seven smashes, as Kortnie Curry (Lexington, N.C.) chipped in six kills, two aces, and two solo blocks. Haydn Beatty (Norman, Okla.) posted six kills and three blocks (two solo and one assist) to go along with a match-high five aces.
Regan Youngs led the way for Limestone with 17 kills and 11 blocks to post a double-double, as Rebecca Kerrison added two aces and a match-high 27 digs. Judy Slow and Nikki Eno added nine and seven kills, respectively, while Erin Courtenay tallied five blocks (one solo, four assists). Elayna Meachum nearly chipped in a double-double with nine digs and a match-high 39 assists.
Limestone jumped out to an early 13-5 lead in the first set before the Bobcats responded, taking a 15-13 advantage following a smash by Curry as part of a 9-0 run. The Saints battled back with a 6-0 spurt, reclaiming the lead at 20-15 on a kill from Courtenay before capping the set with a Slow smash.
The Bobcats answered in the second, claiming a 7-3 advantage on a Curry kill before Limestone fought back with a 9-1 run to take a 12-8 lead following an ace by Shannon O'Shea. Lees-McRae would counter with an 11-3 surge, opening a 19-15 margin after a trio of aces from Beatty. The Bobcats held on from there, closing out the set and evening the match at 1-1 on an emphatic smash by Curry.
Limestone battled back in the third frame, taking a 12-10 lead on a kill by Eno before stretching the margin to 20-16 on a Bobcat miscue. Lees-McRae would answer with an 8-3 run, pushing the Saints to set point on a put-back kill by Liscio.
After the Saints fought off a pair of decisive points and took a 26-25 lead, the Bobcats countered with two straight markers, reclaiming the advantage at 27-26 when Curry timed her jump perfectly and delivered a textbook block. Limestone countered quickly, tallying three straight points to rally for a 29-27 third-set win and a 2-1 lead in the match on a kill by Youngs.
The Saints carried the momentum into the fourth set, taking an 11-9 lead before Curry evened the tally at 11-11 with her second ace of the match. After Limestone put together a 3-0 spurt and the Bobcats countered with back-to-back points, the Saints launched an 8-2 run to push the margin to 22-15 following a smash by Slow.
The Bobcats matched the Saints point for point for the remainder of the set, trimming the lead to 23-18 on an ace by Lauren Fox (Garland, Texas) before Limestone closed out the contest following a kill from Youngs.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Friday when the Bobcats host Mount Olive College in conference play at 7 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
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