Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
BANNER ELK, N.C. – Sophomore outside hitter Lexi Zangari totaled a season-high 11 kills in 19 attempts but it wasn't enough as the Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team fell to Fayetteville State in three sets (25-21, 25-21, 25-20) Tuesday evening in Williams Gymnasium. With the loss, Lees-McRae drops to 0-5 on the season.
Set 1 – FSU and LMC traded the first six points to begin Tuesday's match. The Broncos, however, pulled ahead with three points. The Bobcats battled back to regain the lead and they held it or were tied for majority of the final points of the frame. Fayetteville State was not to be denied though as it turned a 20-20 score into a 25-21 set victory after a 5-1 run.
Set 2 – In the second set the Bobcats struggled with self-inflicted errors. Counting service errors and attack errors, the Bobcats committed a total of 13 miscues in the frame. The miscues by Lees-McRae led FSU to take an early lead and maintain it throughout the stanza as it won the second by an identical 25-21 final score.
Set 3 – In what proved to be the final set of the match, the Broncos used their most efficient offensive effort for last as it hit a match-high .227 on 22 attempts. FSU also had a very balanced attack as five different players scored at least one point. Logan Slusher did her best to keep the Bobcats within striking distance as she totaled five of her nine kills in the third but it wasn't enough as the Broncos finished off the match, 25-20.
Stat Standouts – As mentioned earlier, Zangari paced the Bobcat attack with 11 kills. Setting Zangari up for most of the kills was senior Courtney Weathersbee who totaled 25 assists to go along with six digs. Defensively, LMC was paced by Johnaliz Cotte and Logan Slusher. Cotte totaled a team-high seven digs and Slusher chipped in three block assists in the contest.
Next Up – The Bobcats will look to pick up that first victory this weekend as they hit the road to take on Southern Wesleyan Friday before taking on North Greenville on Saturday. Friday's match is slated to get underway at 7 p.m. and Saturday's will begin at 2 p.m.