LAKE WALES, FLA. - Two thousand four hundred and ninety-six miles and twenty-four hours in between games on the West Coast and back-to-back-to-back games on the East Coast didn't slow the Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's volleyball team as they went 3-0 on day one of the Warner Invitational Tournament.
The Bobcats defeated Fontbonne University, 3-0 (30-23, 30-18, 31-29), in the first match, Warner University, 3-1 (30-18, 30-28, 26-30, 30-23), in the second match and Grand Canyon, 3-0 (30-18, 30-28, 26-30, 30-23), in their final match.
Against Fontbonne, Jeff Black led the team with 15 kills on 18 attempts with only two errors for a staggering .722 hitting percentage. Robbie Rowe added 11 kills on 19 attempts with four errors for a .364 hitting percentage. Rowe also led the team with two and half blocks, and Juan Ramirez had a team high eight digs. Sean Woodward passed out 38 assists in the match. Black led the team with five service aces as well.
In the Warner match, Colin Kelly had a team high 17 kills on 36 attempts with six errors for a .306 hitting percentage. The Black brothers, Jeff and Ryan, added 13 kills apiece. Ryan led the team with a .611 hitting percentage and Jeff had a .500 hitting percentage. Robert Ritchie had nine digs, and Ramirez dished out 66 assists.
In the final match against Grand Canyon, Kelly again led the team with 19 kills. Chad Mercado tallied 14 kills, and Jeff Black and Jeremy Evans added ten kills apiece. Ryan Black led the team with a .615 hitting percentage with nine kills on 13 attempts with only one error. Kelly led the team with three blocks and five service aces. Ritchie picked up nine digs, and Ramirez again handed out 66 assists.
The Bobcats will resume action Saturday with a doubleheader against Missouri Baptist and Cardinal Stritch.
Pictured: Jeff Black