BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae men's volleyball squad fell victim to a balanced attack by Pfeiffer while getting swept, 23-25, 24-26, 19-25, in Conference Carolinas play Saturday evening in Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Falcons (11-11, 8-4 CC) improved their postseason resume while four players had at least eight kills and six notched five digs or more. The Bobcats (12-13, 4-8) struggled offensively despite 10 kills from sophomore Brady Markle (York, Pa.).
Senior Randy Ramirez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) continued his impressive final year as a Bobcat with a 27-assist performance while senior teammate Efrain Negron (Caguas, Puerto Rico) recorded a match-high eight digs.
Following a five-set thriller on Valentine's Day, both teams played a see-saw first set while neither squad led by more than two.
John Soble (Holbrook, N.Y.) made the most of his rare start with a pair of kills, putting LMC up 8-7.
Markle and Ramirez delivered a kill each to keep the Bobcats out front, 18-17.
The Falcons responded with a quick 3-0 spurt following two LMC attack errors to take a 20-18 lead.
Senior Kevin Morrison (Norfolk, Va.) rose to the occasion with two block assists on consecutive plays to stuff PU's Sonny Hirini.
The Falcons Joe Supko notched a pair of kills following assists from David Specian to knot it 23.
Michael Brewer and Supko used back-to-back blocks to claim a close first set.
LMC hit .212 in the opener while holding PU to its match-low .242 clip.
The Falcons sprinted out to an 11-6 lead following a trio of attack errors.
Coach Dave Schmidlin's squad retorted after senior Matt Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio) smashed one of his seven kills to tie it at 15.
Markle played a big role in cranking out a kill and a service ace to put LMC up 24-23, but PU responded with a 3-0 run to take a two sets to none lead.
The Falcons led wire-to-wire in the final set despite a solo block from Ramirez forced the sets' lone tie, 14.
PU responded with a 6-2 run to distance its self while Brewer collected two kills.
Morrison tallied four block assists while Josh Cothron (Bradenton, Fla.) delivered two service aces.
Specian led both teams with 37 assists while four Falcons registered an ace.
LMC welcomes Limestone Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. with postseason implications on the line at Williams Gymnasium.
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