MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team's rally fell short as they overcame a 2-0 deficit, but loss 3-2 (30-28, 30-26, 30-26, 30-26, 15-12) to Stevens Institute of Technology Saturday afternoon in a nonconference match.
The Bobcats fell behind early 30-28 and 30-26, but rallied to win sets three and four 30-26 and 30-26 to force a fifth and final set. In set five, the Bobcats fell behind 4-1, but rallied again to tie the match at 11. However, Stevens would claim outscore the Bobcats 4-1 to win to claim the 15-12 match win.
Leading the way for the Bobcats, was Chad Mercado with a career-high 34 kills, .292 hitting percentage and five total blocks. Steven Bunning followed with 13 kills, and Raphael Vieira tallied 11 kills. Juan Ramirez handed out 57 assists in the match. Three Bobcats were in double-digit digs with Kyle Gauger leading the way with 17 digs, and Vieira and Justy Tevid had 13 digs.
Lees-McRae will return to the hardwood on April 7th on the road against Pfeiffer.