Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
ATHENS, W.V. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team battled in its two matches Saturday against West Virginia Tech and Kentucky State, but the Bobcats ended up falling in both contests in four sets. With the results Saturday, the Bobcats are now 3-9 on the season.
West Virginia Tech Recap – In Lees-McRae's first match of the day against the Golden Bears of West Virginia Tech, there was not a ton of difference between the two squads statistically. LMC and WV Tech had similar hitting percentages (.267 to .275), to along with identical numbers in aces (7) and blocks (7). However, the difference in the match came in the number of attacks that the Golden Bears attempted. WV Tech totaled 160 attacks over the course of the four sets compared to 131 for the Bobcats. The added number of attacks allowed the Golden Bears to rack up 17 more kills than LMC on their way to the four-set win (25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22).
Individually, the Bobcats were led by sophomore outside hitter Caitlyn Smirne. Smirne accounted for one third of LMC's points in the match (22 of 66). The Winterville, N.C. native finished with a season-high 18 kills, career-high three aces, 10 digs and a solo block. Setting up Smirne was Megan Gallion, who finished the contest with a career-high 44 assists in the matchup.
Kentucky State Recap – Kentucky State used a combination of balanced offense and solid defense to hand the Bobcats their second four-set defeat (25-22, 20-25, 25-21, 25-18) of the day. KSU had five different players total nine or more kills in the victory and saw three of those players finish the match in double figures in that category. Defensively, the Thoroughbreds totaled 10 more digs than Lees-McRae and out-blocked the Bobcats 11 to four.
The Bobcats also had three players finish the match with double-figure kill totals. Hanna Steckler led the way with 11 kills. McKenzie Sprabary and Smirne were not far behind chipping in 10 kills each. Gallion, meanwhile, finished with her second 40-plus assist performance of the day totaling 41 assists and 10 digs to wrap up her weekend.
Next Up – Lees-McRae will be back in action Tuesday night when it travels to UVa-Wise for a non-conference matchup. First serve between the Bobcats and Cavaliers is set for 6 p.m.