Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
ATHENS, W.V. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team had a historic day in the state of West Virginia on Friday. Not only did the Bobcats pick up a pair of three-set victories over Concord (25-20, 25-18, 25-21) and Bluefield State (25-6, 25-10, 25-5), but they also broke the program record for hitting percentage in a single match in their matchup against Bluefield State hitting .741 on 59 attacks. This hitting percentage mark is believed to be the second-highest mark ever in a three-set match in the history of NCAA Division II women's volleyball.
Concord Recap – The opening match of the day was arguably Lees-McRae's most well-rounded performance of the season to that point. LMC hit .294 with 44 attacks to go along with seven aces in the three-set victory over Concord. Defensively, Lees-McRae totaled 49 digs in the three frames and five blocks to help power the team to its second win of the season.
The duo of Caitlyn Smirne and Ellissa Small were the ignitors for the Bobcat offense against the Mountain Lions. Both players hit above the .400 mark for the match and totaled 13 or more kills. Smirne picked up a double-double in leading LMC in kills (14) and digs (16), while Small added 13 kills of her own to go along with a team-best three aces.
Bluefield State Recap – In the nightcap, the Bobcats seemingly could do no wrong against Bluefield State. As a team, Lees-McRae committed just two attack errors in 58 attempts on its way to racking up 45 kills against the Big Blue defense on its way to shattering the program record for hitting percentage in a single match. That success also translated to the service line as the Bobcats totaled 20 aces in the contest. The 20 aces by Lees-McRae is the most for the team in a match since September 25, 2009 when it totaled 21 aces against Mount Olive.
As the offensive numbers would indicate, several Bobcats had stellar statistical outings. Lexi Zangari (11 kills) and Hanna Steckler (10 kills) led the Bobcat attack reaching double-figure kill totals. The tandem of Zangari and Steckler combined for an attack percentage of .875 for the match on 24 attacks. Small, meanwhile, totaled nearly half of the team's 20 aces by herself notching nine on the night. Small also paced the squad with 10 digs as well.
Next Up – Lees-McRae, now 3-7 on the season, will look to keep the momentum it gained today rolling Saturday as it has two more matches on tap. LMC is set to take on West Virginia Tech at 11 a.m. before wrapping up play against Kentucky State at 1 p.m. Live stat and video links for Saturday's matches can be found HERE.