Photo Courtesy of Katie Jo Daniel
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team dropped a three-set decision to Conference Carolinas rival North Greenville Friday evening at Williams Gymnasium (25-21, 25-21, 25-14). The loss pushes LMC's record this season to 3-16 overall and 0-5 in league action.
Set 1 – Lees-McRae started Friday's match totaling 14 kills in the opening stanza. Despite that being the team's highest kill output of any set in the contest, the Crusaders won the first, 25-21. NGU used three total blocks to help create a total of 10 attack errors for Lees-McRae to fuel its opening set victory.
Set 2- NGU used the momentum it gained in the first frame and carried it over to the second. The Crusaders went on a quick 4-0 run to gain the advantage. LMC, however, battled back to eventually tie the score at 16. Senior Kaci Thornton played a major part in the rally as she totaled six of seven kills in the second. Even with the kill totals from Thornton and the play of the rest of the Bobcats, NGU still won the frame, 25-21.
Set 3 – In what proved to be the final set of Friday's match, North Greenville seemingly could not make a mistake. NGU scored seven of the first eight points to put the Bobcats in an early hole. North Greenville kept the pressure on, and it expanded its lead to as many as 12 points on its way to a decisive 25-14 win in the third.
Stat Standouts – LMC was led Friday by libero Allie Cunningham, who matched a career-high with 18 digs. Offensively, the Bobcats were paced by the duo of Megan Gallion and Lauren Arnold. Gallion averaged more than 10 assists per set Friday after totaling 32 for the match. Arnold, meanwhile, led the team with eight kills to go along with a .357 hitting percentage.
Next Up – The Bobcats will have a quick turnaround as they will take on Southern Wesleyan Saturday. LMC and SWU are set for a first serve time of noon.