Bobcats cruise past Shock, 3-0

Box score

GAFFNEY, S.C. --- The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team cruised to a straight-set victory over Washington Adventist University on Sunday morning behind a pair of nine-kill performances from Edmund Walkley (Glenbrook, Australia) and Sam Sheers (Centerville, Ohio), sweeping the season series with the Shock with a 25-5, 25-1, 25-7 win on the campus of Limestone College.

Lees-McRae (9-7) recorded its fourth victory in its last five matches, including its second straight sweep of Washington Adventist (1-7), while posting a blistering .518 hitting percentage and 15 service aces.

The Bobcats held the Shock to a negative hitting percentage in each set, as Dylan Kembre (West Chester, Ohio) notched match-highs of 24 assists and seven service aces, while Justin Sandoval (Secaucus, N.J.) and Josh Cothron (Bradenton, Fla.) each tallied a trio of aces. Walkley and Sheers each posted a match-high nine kills as no Bobcat tallied a hitting percentage below .333. Efrain Negron (Orlando, Fla.) also notched a contest-best 12 digs for the Bobcats.

Lees-McRae took control early, opening the first set with a 7-0 spurt, which included a trio of aces from Kembre, before stretching the margin to 19-4 on a kill from Kembre. The Bobcats then closed out the set with a 6-0 spurt following a kill from the Shocks' Evan Hall.

The Bobcats nearly came away with a 25-0 victory in the second set, opening the frame with 24 straight points before the Shock tallied their first marker of the frame on a Lees-McRae hitting error. Lees-McRae then closed out the 25-1 second-set win on a Shock hitting error.

Walkley started the third set for Lees-McRae with back-to-back kills, propelling the Bobcats on a 14-3 run to open the frame. Lees-McRae then closed out the sweep with an 11-4 run, tallying the deciding point of the match on a solo block by Eric Jackson (Daytona Beach, Fla.).

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Friday, Mar. 4 when the Bobcats host Eastern Mennonite University at 3 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.

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