BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team sent its seniors out with a win Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium as the Bobcats picked up a 3-0 sweep over Mount Olive (25-19, 25-21, 25-23). The victory puts a cap on LMC's record for the 2017 season at 7-18 overall and 4-10 in league matches.
Set 1: The two teams were locked in a defensive-oriented set to open the match Saturday as neither team hit above .200 in the frame. The Trojans seemed to dig up every LMC attack with 18 digs in the frame, but the Bobcats answered with their work on the block with 3.5 denials. In this case, the blocks won out because Lees-McRae ended up besting the Trojans, 25-19.
Set 2: LMC put together its best offensive performance of the contest in the second. The Bobcats hit .302 on 43 attacks with 18 kills. Rachel Cutshaw, Kaci Thornton, Ellissa Small and Hanna Steckler all posted at least three kills each with Small and Cutshaw both totaling four. With its offense working, Lees-McRae was able to win the second frame as well, 25-21.
Set 3: Mount Olive looked like it would pick up its first set victory of the match in the third. UMO led LMC by as many as seven points (16-9) in the stanza. Lees-McRae would battle back point by point until it eventually tied it 21. The score was tied at 22 and 23 as well before the Bobcats notched back-to-back points to finish off the win, 25-23.
Stat Standouts: The Bobcats had a very balanced offensive performance with five players hitting .250 or better. Small led these efforts with 13 kills on 28 attempts for a .357 attack percentage. Senior Courtney Weathersbee dished out 27 assists and added seven digs in her final match as a Bobcat. Fellow senior Madison Martin also ended her collegiate career on a high note with a team-high 13 digs.
The Bobcats will lose five seniors off of their active roster to graduation in the offseason in: Weathersbee, Martin, Cutshaw, Whitley Starnes and Johnaliz Cotte. However, the Bobcats have 10 players from this year's team set to return next fall.