February 18, 2014

Balanced Attack Keeps Men's Volleyball Perfect at Home, 3-0

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae men's volleyball used a balanced attack while collecting its third consecutive win on its way to a sweep of King University, 25-17, 25-19, 25-23, in Conference Carolinas action Tuesday night at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.

The Bobcats (8-4, 3-2 CC) remain flawless at home (4-0) while holding King to a .143 clip on the match. The Tornado (6-5, 3-3) saw two players record double digit assists while committing 11 service errors.

Senior Matt Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio) continued his impressive campaign by delivering one of his 10 kills to give LMC an 8-7 lead in the opening set.

The Bobcats used that momentum to produce a 10-5 run, capped off by a Brady Markle (York, Pa.) kill to take an 18-11 lead.

King used a pair of LMC attack errors to cut the deficit to five, 19-14, but LMC remained strong thanks to kills from John Lucas (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Harpenau to close out the set, 25-17.

Coach Dave Schmidlin's squad hit a game-high .391 in opener.

The Bobcats led wire-to-wire in the middle set while an attack error from the Tornado' Eddie Moushikhian propelled the home squad to an 8-4 lead.

Moushikhian redeemed himself with a pair of kills, despite King trailing 17-15.

Both teams combined for five service errors through the next seven points.

Lucas and Randy Ramirez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) smashed a kill each before Lucas and Markle recorded a block to give LMC the set, 25-19.

King's Matthew DeLong collected one of his eight kills to push the Tornado lead to 10-7 in the third set.

LMC would rally to tie it eight times before consecutive kills from Markle and Ramirez and back-to-back block assists from Josh Cothron (Bradenton, Fla.) to give the Bobcats a lead it never relinquish, 24-21.

The Tornado made it interesting following a timeout, 24-23, but Markle slammed the door with his game-high 12th kill on the evening.

Harpenau notched 10 kills while Ramirez paved the way with 30 assists.

Moushikhian led King with 11 kills. Jeff Bosslet and DeLong chimed in with 16 and 11, respectively.

LMC returns to action with a trip to Newark, N.J. to battle Rutgers-Newark Friday at 7 p.m.

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