Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team hosted Shaw University Tuesday night at Williams Gymnasium in a non-conference contest. LMC battled but ultimately fell to the Bears by a 3-1 final tally (25-20, 25-22, 26-28, 25-12). The loss pushes LMC's record on the season to 3-12.
Set 1: The opening stanza of Tuesday's match was one of misfires. The two teams combined to commit 18 attack errors in the first set. Shaw overcame its lack of accuracy to some degree finishing with 15 kills on 38 attacks. The Bobcats, however, totaled just six kills in 33 swings to finish the opening frame with a hitting percentage of -.091. The disparity in the hitting percentages led the Bears to first set win, 25-20.
Set 2: Shaw's offense rebounded in the second set as it hit .351 as a team. Lees-McRae, which also put forth a match-high hitting percentage in the second (.281), was able to hang around though. LMC and Shaw were tied at 20-20 before the Bears rattled off five of the next seven points to clinch the set, 25-22.
Set 3: The third set proved to be an interesting one to say the least. Shaw looked like it would run away from the Bobcats as it led by nine points on two different occasions. LMC would claw back though thanks to an unbelievable 18-9 run to tie the score at 24. After tying the score, the Bobcats tallied four of the next six points to stay alive in the match, 28-26.
Set 4: After dropping the third set, the Bears came back with a vengeance in the fourth. Shaw recaptured that magic on offense it had in the second set hitting .312 on 32 attacks with 14 kills. LMC's offense was not able to keep up, and it dropped the fourth frame to the Bears, 25-12.
Stat Standouts: The Bobcat stat leaders were more on the defensive side than the offensive side on Tuesday. Five different Bobcats posted eight or more digs in the contest, including four with double figures. Megan Gallion led the way with 15 digs to go along with a team-high 33 assists for a double-double. McKenzie Sprabary picked up a career-high 14 digs, while Allie Cunningham and Caitlyn Smirne both registered 10 digs.
Next Up: Lees-McRae will head out on the road Friday when it visits conference rival Erskine. First serve between the Bobcats and Flying Fleet is set for 7 p.m.