BELMONT, N.C. --- Junior John Sobel bashed out a career-high 20 kills, but the Lees-McRae men's volleyball team dropped a 19-25, 15-25, 31-29, 20-25, decision at Belmont Abbey in a Conference Carolinas match at the Wheeler Center Saturday afternoon in Belmont, N.C.
The Crusaders (5-0, 3-0) remain flawless on the season and hit better than .300 in two sets while Nolan Albrecht had 19 kills. The Bobcats (0-4, 0-4) had a trio of players with at least nine kills, including a dozen from junior Mark Shayka (Hamilton, Va.).
BAC opened up a 13-8 lead in the first after a pair of Albrecht kills and a block from Dustin Buell and Gavin Schaffer.
LMC cut the deficit to one following an ace and block from Sobel (Holbrook, N.Y.).
Freshmen duo Jack Frank (Tampa, Fla.) and Hector Serviat (Miami, Fla.) notched consecutive kills late in the set while the Crusaders held a 21-19 advantage.
The home squad claimed the set following a 4-0 run.
The Bobcats used a quick 3-0 run in the second to grab a 9-8 lead, thanks to kills from Shayka and Serviat.
The Crusaders bounced back and used a 17-6 run to claim the set and holding LMC to a -.190 clip.
Coach Henry Chuang's team jumped out to a 15-10 lead in an entertaining third set after sloppy play from BAC.
The Crusaders answered again and produced a 14-3 run to force match point; however, LMC rallied and tied it at 24, staving off match-point on six occasions.
Down 29-28, the Bobcats produced a 3-0 run to earn the set.
A trio of Bobcat kills forced a 17-all tie in the fourth.
BAC clamped down and finished the match on an 8-3 run while swinging a match-best .345 in the frame.