Photo Courtesy of Katie Jo Daniel
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team picked up its third straight win Friday night at Williams Gymnasium as it knocked off Mount Olive in four sets (25-21, 25-19, 21-25, 25-19). The victory pushes LMC's record to 6-16 overall and 2-5 in league action.
Set 1 – The Bobcats came out Friday with their best offensive set of the contest. As a team, Lees-McRae hit a match-high .238 in the frame with 16 kills. Five of those kills came from Lexi Zangari as she hit .400 on 10 swings in the stanza. Teammate Logan Slusher was not far behind Zangari as she chipped in four kills as well. Thanks to the play of Zangari, Slusher and the rest of the Bobcats, LMC ended up winning the first, 25-21.
Set 2 – After the Bobcats attacked so well in the first, the Trojans tightened things up defensively in the second. UMO trailed by just one point at 19-18 before Lees-McRae went on a 6-1 run to upend the Trojans for the second consecutive set, 25-19.
Set 3 – Facing a 3-0 sweep, Mount Olive did not let the pressure get to them as it rebounded to win the third set, 25-21. Lees-McRae hurt itself with several miscues in the third. LMC committed a total of 13 errors in the frame including attack, service, receiving and ball handling errors.
Set 4 – Lees-McRae regained its form from the first two sets in what proved to be the final frame of the night. Trailing 10-9 in the early stages, a kill by Ellissa Small and an ace by Caitlyn Smirne seemed to turn the tide for the Bobcats as they would never relinquish the lead again. LMC went on to win the frame, 25-19.
Stat Standouts – Several Bobcats had solid statistical outings Friday. Smirne finished with a team-high 12 kills, three aces and 11 digs. Small (11 kills) and Slusher (10 kills) also reached double figures in kills in the contest. Megan Gallion also had stellar outing finishing with 46 assists and 14 digs in the four-set affair. Defensively, the Bobcats were paced by Zangari and Allie Cunningham. Zangari posted 2.5 blocks against the Trojans, while Cunningham totaled 22 digs to help the winning cause.
Next Up – Lees-McRae will return to the court next Friday when it welcomes Converse to Williams Gymnasium. First serve between the Bobcats and Valkyries is set for 7 p.m.