BANNER ELK, N.C. – Just 10 days ago, the Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team dropped a five-set decision to King (Tenn.) University. Saturday, the Bobcats returned the favor at Williams Gymnasium knocking off the Tornado in four (26-24, 26-28, 25-22, 32-30). Junior libero Madison Martin was a major reason for the Bobcats coming out on top as she notched a season-high 30 digs in the victory.
Set 1: Despite hitting for a lower percentage in the opening frame, the Bobcats found a way to come out on top, 26-24. Martin posted 11 of her 30 digs in the first set, while Haylee Leonard and Madigan Gonzales both chipped in four kills each.
Set 2: Avalon Liscio notched a match-high six kills in the second frame but it wasn't enough as the Tornado evened the match at one with a 28-26 victory. Liscio finished the match with 20 kills, which marked her second 20+ kill performance in the last three matches.
Set 3: The Bobcats rebounded after dropping the second set to take the third, 25-22. The Tornado were plagued with attack errors in the stanza as it had more miscues than kills (9 to 8). Led by Liscio who connected on all five of her attack attempts, the Bobcats pulled ahead 2-1.
Set 4: In what proved to be the final set, both LMC and King played neck-and-neck. The score was tied at 21 different points and both teams put together their most efficient offensive sets in the fourth. LMC persevered, however, and finally finished off the match, 32-30, thanks to a pair of kills from Courtney Weathersbee and Leonard.
The Bobcats will continue this string of six consecutive matches at home Friday evening when it hosts Mount Olive inside Williams Gymnasium. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.