Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BELMONT, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team dropped a four-set decision on the road at Belmont Abbey (25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 25-12) Wednesday night. The loss dropped LMC's record to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in Conference Carolinas play.
1st Set – Belmont Abbey started the match looking like it may win it going away. At one point, Belmont Abbey had posted seven kills on nine attacks with just one error. The hot-hitting Crusader offense would cool off considerably, however, as the Bobcats cut Belmont Abbey's lead from eight points to just two points in the latter stages of the frame. Despite the late charge by the Bobcats, Belmont Abbey was able to persevere to win the opening stanza, 25-22.
2nd Set – The Bobcats struggled with miscues in the second frame. Combined between attack, service and blocking errors, LMC committed 12 errors in the second. Despite the mistakes, the Bobcats still had an opportunity to win the stanza. Lees-McRae trailed by just two points at 24-22, but the Crusaders picked up a point on a LMC error to finish off the frame, 25-22.
3rd Set – After dropping the first two frames, Lees-McRae was able to upend the Crusaders in the third set, 25-22. It wasn't until the score was knotted at 16-16 that LMC really turned it on though. Lees-McRae used four kills, an ace and four errors by the Crusaders to close the third on a 9-6 run to pick up its first set victory of the match.
4th Set – In what proved to be the final set of the match, Belmont Abbey saved its best for last. As a team, BAC hit .550 with 12 kills on 20 attacks with just one attack error. The Crusader offense overwhelmed the Bobcats as Belmont Abbey went on to win the fourth, 25-12.
Stat Standouts – Wes Rogman paced all LMC players with 18 kills Wednesday night. The 18 kills breaks Rogman's previous career-best in kills, which he set last Saturday at North Greenville. Setting up Rogman was freshman Joseph Valadez who finished with 33 assists on the night to go along with a team-high eight digs.
Next Up – The Bobcats will leave the continental United States tomorrow and head for Hawaii for three matches beginning Thursday night. On the trip, LMC will play No. 3 Hawaii, Thompson Rivers University and Academy United.