Bobcats Take First Match on the West Coast over St. Ambrose, 3-2
RIVERSIDE, CALIF. - Chad Mercado recorded a match high 24 kills to boost the Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's volleyball team to a 3-2 (27-30, 30-22, 22-30, 30-21, 15-11) win over St. Ambrose in their first game on the West Coast.
St. Ambrose won the first set 30-27, but the two teams would trade sets to tie the match at two and send it into a fifth and final set.
In the fifth set, with the score tied at seven Ian Bryner recorded a kill followed by a Mercado kill to give the Bobcats a 9-7 lead. The Bobcats would hold the lead and extend it to four for the final of 15-11 to give the team the five set win.
Mercado was the only player in the match with twenty plus kills. Ryan Black was the only other Bobcat in double digit kills with 11 kills on 25 attempts and one error for .400 hitting percentage. Juan Rameriz dished out 45 assists and recorded a team high 22 digs. Robert Ritchie picked up 20 digs during the match. Charles Macias led the team with two service aces, and Mercado had a game high four and a half blocks.
The Bobcats outblocked St. Ambrose 13.5 to 9.
Lees-McRae's next match will be Tuesday, March 17th at California Baptist.
2009 Season Stats
Pictured: Chad Mercado