Women's Volleyball

Small Turns in Career Night; Women's Volleyball Topped in Thriller by King (Tenn.), 3-2

Small Turns in Career Night; Women's Volleyball Topped in Thriller by King (Tenn.), 3-2

BRISTOL, Tenn. --- Freshman Ellissa Small produced a career-high 15 kills and junior Madison Martin led the defense with 21 digs, but the Lees-McRae women's volleyball team fell short in a tight battle with rival King (Tenn.), 25-23, 22-25, 27-25, 21-25, 13-15, in a Conference Carolinas bout Tuesday evening at the Student Center in Bristol, Tenn.

The Tornado (5-6, 5-0 CC) remain perfect in conference play after four players had double digit kills, led by Cathy Scaniffe with 18. The Bobcats (5-8, 2-2) had four players with double digit digs despite dropping their second consecutive five-set conference affair.

Freshman Darian Parsons (Jenks, Okla.) and junior Courtney Weathersbee (Raleigh, N.C.) provided the offense with plenty of assistance while distributing 25 assists each.

Small (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) notched a double-double when she combined 15 kills with 14 digs.

LMC led by five, 24-19, in the first set following an ace from Parsons.

King (Tenn.) rallied back to cut the deficit to one, but Madigan Gonzales (Ruidoso, N.M.) ended the set with a kill.

The Tornado overcame a two-point disadvantage, 22-20, and rode strong play from Haley Roe to rip off five consecutive points to win the set.

The Bobcats staved off set point and used a 3-0 run to win the third when Haylee Leonard (Wallburg, N.C.) delivered a block assist and a kill.

The home squad used a 4-0 run late in the fourth to take control of the set before using a Scaniffe kill to knot it at two sets apiece.

The fifth set was entertaining while the teams see-sawed for momentum. The Tornado took advantage of a pair of LMC attack errors to claim the victory.

Freshman Logan Slusher (Hayes, Va.) turned in a dozen kills while Gonzales finished with 11.

The Bobcats return home to host Southern Wesleyan, Thursday, Sep. 29 at 7 p.m. in a Green Out Match in Williams Gymnasium.

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