Women's Volleyball

Bobcats open conference play with a four-set loss to Southern Wesleyan

Bobcats open conference play with a four-set loss to Southern Wesleyan

CENTRAL, S.C. – Despite receiving season-high or in some cases career-high efforts from several players, the Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team dropped a four-set decision to Southern Wesleyan (25-16, 25-14, 21-25, 25-19) Friday evening. The loss drops LMC's record to 0-6 overall and 0-1 in league matches this season.

Set 1: Lees-McRae started Friday's match well scoring the first three points of the contest. However, the Warriors quickly came back to tie the score at 5-5 before vaulting ahead of the Bobcats for good as they went on to win the first set by nine (25-16). SWU was up by just three points in the latter stages of the stanza (16-13), but it went on an 8-3 run to close out the frame.

Set 2: The second set proved to be all Southern Wesleyan as it scored six of the first seven points in the stanza. LMC tried to get back in the frame, but due to 10 attack errors in the frame Southern Wesleyan went on to cruise to a 25-14 victory in the second to extend its lead to 2-0.

Set 3: Lees-McRae put together its best all-around set in the third frame. LMC battled the Warriors to a 20-20 tie late in the set before reeling off five of the next six points to remain alive in the match, 25-21. A big key in the third for LMC was its ability to slow the Warriors' offense holding it to a match-low .091 hitting percentage on 44 attempts.

Set 4: In what proved to be the final set of Friday's match, the Bobcats battled with the Warriors once again. On this occasion, however, SWU was able to build up a little bit of a cushion of four and then six points to keep the Bobcats out of striking distance as it went on to finish off the match with a 25-19 win.

Standout Statistical Performances: Senior Madison Martin collected a season-high 35 digs in Friday's match. It is the third time in her career that she has surpassed the 30 or more digs in a match. In addition to the performance by Martin, Logan Slusher paced all Bobcat attackers with 12 kills, while also leading the team on the block with four solo denials.

Next Up: The Bobcats will look to pick up their first victory of the season when they return the court Saturday afternoon when they take on North Greenville on the road. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. from Tigerville, S.C.  

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