Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-14) decision to King (Tenn.) University Saturday afternoon in Bristol, Tennessee. The loss moves LMC's record to 3-13 overall and 1-7 in conference play.
Set 1: The Tornado started the match well on Saturday as they scored five of the first six points. After the quick start by King, the Bobcats took a timeout to regroup. The timeout did little to slow the Tornado attack as it went on to win the first set by a 25-17 final score.
Set 2: The two teams were neck-and-neck in the early stages of the second set with King holding a slight 11-9 lead. Much like it did in the first, however, King rattled off six straight points to grow its advantage to 17-9. Lees-McRae battled back to not only tie the score but also take the lead at 23-22. The sudden spurt of offense by the Bobcats led the Tornado to take a timeout. King came out of the timeout and scored three straight points to extend its lead to 2-0 over the Bobcats, 25-23.
Set 3: In the most lopsided set of the contest, the Tornado finished off the match with a 25-14 victory in the third. King hit a match-high .258 on 31 attempts with 12 kills, while the Bobcats posted a match-low hitting percentage of .034 in the frame.
Stat Standouts: Caitlyn Smirne led the Bobcat offense against King hitting .389 with nine kills, while senior Rachel Cutshaw also had an efficient effort with five kills on seven attempts. Setting up Smirne and Cutshaw was Courtney Weathersbee who totaled a team-high 17 assists. Defensively, Madison Martin led the way for the Bobcats with nine digs.
Next Up: Lees-McRae will return to action Tuesday when it travels to UVA-Wise for a non-conference contest. The Bobcats, who swept UVA-Wise earlier this season in Banner Elk, and Cavaliers are scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m.