Photo Courtesy of Katie Jo Daniel
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team dropped a three-set decision at King (25-17, 25-22, 25-20) Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas action. With the loss, LMC's record this fall moves to 7-19 overall and 3-8 within league play.
Set 1 – The Bobcats struggled getting their offense rolling in the opening stanza as they hit -.083 in the frame. The turning point in the first seemed to come with Lees-McRae leading the Tornado, 12-8. Following that mark, King went on a 7-0 run to gain the momentum. After that lengthy run by King, the Bobcats could not put together a run of their own to answer, and as a result the Tornado came out victorious in the first, 25-17.
Set 2 – It looked like the Bobcats may tie the match score at 1-1 midway through the second frame. LMC led King by a score of 18-14 after a kill from Lexi Zangari. However, King once again put together run to regain the lead, 19-18. The two teams would exchange points over the next few serves until the score was knotted at 22. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, King closed out the stanza on a 3-0 run to take the second, 25-22.
Set 3 – Lees-McRae came out in what proved to be the final set of the afternoon with its most productive offensive set of the match. LMC collectively attacked at a .268 clip with 14 kills. The Tornado answered though with their best offensive output Saturday as well on their way to finishing off the match, 25-20.
Stat Standouts – LMC was led Saturday by sophomore Caitlyn Smirne's near double-double of nine kills and 11 digs. Junior Hanna Steckler also had a productive day off the bench for Lees-McRae totaling three kills on four attacks in the contest.
Next Up – LMC will return home Tuesday as it takes on this same King team in its final home match of the 2018 season. First serve for that contest is set for 7 p.m.