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BANNER ELK, N.C. – In its first home match of the 2018 season, the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team treated its home town crowd to a four-set victory over Coker College Saturday afternoon. The victory boosts LMC's record to 1-2 on the season.
Set 1: LMC's offense came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. The Bobcats hit .407 as a team in the opening frame. Robert Bowling and Wes Rogman both totaled five kills each to lead the way. Despite the hot-hitting Bobcat attack, the Cobras were able to remain within striking distance with four aces. Coker's efforts were for not, though, as LMC went on to win the first, 26-24.
Set 2: Coker did not have the same luck it did in the opening frame in regards to the service line. The Cobras still were within two points late in the frame at 22-20. LMC, however, would rattle off three straight points on a kill and a pair of blocks to seal the 25-20 win.
Set 3: As well as Lees-McRae's offense was clicking in the first two stanzas, it almost did the same in the opposite direction in the third. Seven of LMC's 17 points in the third came via Coker service errors. The Bobcats could not solve the suddenly hot-hitting Cobra attack as they hit .476 on their way to a 25-17 win to stay alive in the contest.
Set 4: In what proved to be the final set of the match, the Bobcats used a slow and steady approach to finish off Coker with a 25-16 win. The defense held the same Coker offense that was clicking so well in the third to a -.222 hitting percentage in the fourth to finish off the 3-1 win.
Stat Standouts: Bowling led Lees-McRae in the win with 17 kills on 27 attempts with just four errors for a .481 hitting percentage. Rogman also had a stellar day offensively finishing with 12 kills. Defensively, LMC was led by Ethan Gardner who totaled eight block assists, and Rogman had a team-high eight digs.
Next Up: The Bobcats will look to pick up their second straight win next Saturday when they return to the court to face Alderson Broadus at Williams Gymnasium. First serve is set for 7 p.m.