Photo Courtesy of Katie Jo Daniel
BANNER ELK, N.C. – Limestone clipped the Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team in five sets (25-23, 18-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-5) Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium. The loss pushes LMC's record this season to 7-17 overall and 3-6 in conference play.
Set 1 – Looking at the statistics from the first set, it would seem like Lees-McRae would win the first frame going away. As a team, the Bobcats hit .407 with 12 kills on 27 attacks to go along with three total blocks. Limestone, however, collected three aces and 18 kills in the opening stanza to upend LMC, 25-23.
Set 2 – Lees-McRae maintained its hot-hitting in the second as it attacked at a .414 clip on 29 attacks. Limestone did not have an answer this time around though. LMC went on to cruise to a 25-18 win in the second behind 11 combined kills for the trio of Lauren Arnold, Caitlyn Smirne and Logan Slusher.
Set 3 – LMC kept the pressure on the Saints in the third. Lees-McRae and Limestone were knotted up at 17-17 before the Bobcats rattled off a 5-0 run to pull in front for good. The Bobcats eventually won the third frame, 25-21.
Set 4 – Facing the possibility of a four-set defeat, the Saint offense got back on track in the fourth. Limestone hit .265 as a team with three aces to force a fifth set, 25-21. The Bobcats got down by as many as eight points at 22-14, but they battled back to trim the deficit down to two, 23-21. Unfortunately, the Saints notched back-to-back points to force the tiebreaking set.
Set 5 – Playing in just its second five-set match of the season, the Bobcats struggled to get things started in the fifth. After the two teams traded the first four points of the stanza, Limestone went on to score 13 of the next 16 points on its way to a decisive 15-5 win in the fifth.
Stat Standouts – Smirne led LMC with 12 kills Saturday. LMC's pair of middle hitters performed well too as Arnold hit 11 kills with a .409 hitting percentage and Lexi Zangari hit .412 with eight kills to go along with five block assists. Defensively, Allie Cunningham posted her third 20-plus dig performance of the season finishing the afternoon with 22. Elissa Small (13 digs) and Megan Gallion also finished with double figure dig totals for the Bobcats.
Next Up – The Bobcats will venture out on the road next Tuesday when they travel to Belmont Abbey for another Conference Carolinas matchup. First serve is set for 7 p.m.