January 22, 2011

Bobcats split pair at D-II/D-III Classic

HARRISBURG, Va. --- The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team split a pair of matches on the final day of the Hampton Inn & Sleep Inn D-II/D-III Classic on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University, sweeping City College of New York and falling to Medaille College in four sets.

Lees-McRae (3-2) defeated CCNY by scores of 25-18, 25-12, and 25-9, before falling to Medaille by scores of 11-25, 22-25, 25-22, and 20-25. The Bobcats posted hitting percentages of .379 against CCNY and .056 against Medaille.

Chad Mercado (Orlando, Fla.) led the Bobcats with 27 kills and a .300 hitting percentage, posting 18 critical attacks against Medaille. Matt Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio) and John Lucas (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded 10 and nine kills, respectively, while Randy Ramirez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) posted 64 assists, including 39 helpers against Medaille.

Ramirez also paced the Bobcats with four service aces, while tying Mercado for the team-lead with eight digs. Lucas recorded a team-best seven blocks, as Chris Flood (Louisville, Ky.) chipped in six stuffs.

Lees-McRae returns to the court next Friday when the Bobcats travel to Phoenix, Ariz. to take on Grand Canyon University and Carthage College at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

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