BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team picked up its second consecutive victory Tuesday night as it defeated UVa-Wise in four sets (22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 26-24) at Williams Gymnasium.
First Set – There was not a ton of separation between the Bobcats and Cavaliers in the opening set. Neither team held a lead larger than four points in the first frame. The two teams battled to a tied score at 22-22 late in the frame. UVa-Wise would rattle off three straight points to take the frame, 25-22.
Second Set – Lees-McRae and UVa-Wise continued to battle it out in the second set. The score was tied at eight different points during the second frame, including at 21. Three straight points by the Bobcats made it 24-21. The Cavaliers scored back-to-back points to force Lees-McRae to call a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the UVa-Wise server hit it into the net and the Bobcats evened the match at a set a piece.
Third Set – Riding the momentum it gained in the second set, Lees-McRae put together its best effort in the third set. The Bobcats totaled 13 kills compared to eight kills from UVa-Wise to go along with three blocks and two aces. With all these factors working together, the Bobcats won the third, 25-20, to take the advantage in the match.
Fourth Set – The fourth set was back to being an evenly matched one. Lees-McRae received a big boost from Elissa Small in the fourth totaling four kills on 14 attacks with no errors. Small and the rest of the Bobcats had to withstand a late charge from UVa-Wise late in the frame but persevered winning the set and the match, 26-24.
Stat Standouts – Lees-McRae had several standout statistical performances Tuesday night. The trio of Olivia Ney (13 kills), Caitlyn Smirne (12 kills) and Anaya Govindji (11 kills) all had 10 or more kills. Megan Gallion (26 assists) and Erica Slinde (18 assists) set the up the Bobcat attack well as the team finished with 54 kills total. Defensively, both Smirne and Kaitlyn Arentz finished with 19 digs, while Slinde added 11 digs to join Smirne with players with double-doubles Tuesday. Arentz and Smirne were also stellar from the service line as they finished with three aces a piece as well.
Next Up – The Bobcats will return to action this Friday when they travel to the University of Mount Olive to open Conference Carolinas play. First serve between the Bobcats and Trojans is set for 7 p.m.