January 28, 2011

Bobcats split pair with Grand Canyon and Carthage

Box score

PHOENIX, Ariz. --- Chad Mercado (Orlando, Fla.) recorded a pair of double-digit kill totals as the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team split its two Friday matches on the campus of Grand Canyon University, sweeping Carthage College before falling to Grand Canyon in straight sets.

Lees-McRae (4-3) fell to Grand Canyon (4-7) in the first match by scores of 21-25, 16-25, and 22-25, before sweeping Carthage (2-6) by scores of 25-18, 25-17, and 25-16. The Bobcats posted a superb .387 attack percentage against Carthage, while hitting at a .235 clip against Grand Canyon.

Mercado paced the Bobcats with 24 kills on the day, including a match-high 14 kills against Grand Canyon. The senior outside hitter posted a combined .375 attack percentage in LMC's two matches, while Matt Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio), Chris Flood (Louisville, Ky.), and Edmund Walkley (Glenbrook, Australia) posted 12, 11, and 10 kills, respectively. Randy Ramirez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) paced the Bobcats with a combined 56 assists, wihle Harpenau and John Lucas (Cincinnati, Ohio) each posted six blocks.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Sunday when the Bobcats take on Grand Canyon at 9:45 a.m., followed by a 12:15 p.m. matchup with Carthage on the GCU campus.

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