Photo Credit to Matthew Malone
MIAMI, Fla. --- Junior Rachel Cutshaw delivered 18 kills and Courtney Weathersbee dished out 49 assists in a pair of matches while the Lees-McRae volleyball team was swept by Southern Conn. St. and Lynn University, respectively, Friday at the Health and Sports Center on the campus of Barry University in Miami, Fla.
Southern Connecticut State 3, Lees-McRae 0
The Owls (3-3) swung better than .420 in two sets while Leanna Jadus led all players with 17 kills. The Bobcats (1-3) had a trio of players with eight or more kills.
SCSU took a tightly-contested opening set, 30-28, before claiming the final two, 25-22 and 25-19.
LMC held a 19-16 lead following a kill and block assist from freshman Lexi Zangari (Breckenridge, Colo.) and a pair of Slusher kills.
The Owls ripped off an 8-2 run to force set point, 24-21.
Zangari and Cutshaw provided strong play while the Bobcats used a 4-0 mark to take a 26-25 lead.
Both teams exchanged points before consecutive kills from SCSU's Nicole Hauser broke a 28-all tie.
The Owls took an early 12-5 lead in the second and pushed the lead to eight, 16-8, following consecutive attack errors from LMC.
Coach William Tatge's squad mounted an impressive rally and cut the lead to one, 20-19, following a Darian Parsons (Jenks, Okla.) ace and Leonard block.
SCSU staved off the attempt by claiming five of the next eight points.
Cutshaw and Madigan Gonzales (Ruidoso, N.M.) combined for four kills while LMC took a 13-10 lead in the third.
The Owls finished the contest on a 15-6 run.
Weathersbee (Raleigh, N.C.) had 37 assists and six digs.
Lynn 3, Lees-McRae 0
The Fighting Knights (4-1) claimed the win following a 13-kill performance from Cleuza Porto. The Bobcats (1-4) were led defensively by Madison Martin (Goldsboro, N.C.), who had five digs.
Lynn claimed the first two sets by identical scores, 25-15, before winning the third, 25-9.
LMC held a slim 7-6 advantage in the opening set following a Marissa Tandron service error.
Lynn's Nicol Colonna and Lydia West led the offensive charge while the team swung at a .407 clip in the opening frame.
West finished with eight kills.
The second set was tied at 10 thanks to three attack errors from the Fighting Knights and an ace from Parsons.
Lynn turned in a 15-5 run to finish the set.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, Sep. 10 at 1 and 7 p.m. when they play Valdosta St. and Barry, respectively, in Miami, Fla.
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