Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
PHILLIPI, W. Va. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team picked up a 3-0 sweep of Alderson Broaddus University (25-18, 25-21, 25-21) Thursday night on the road in non-conference action.
Set 1 – Lees-McRae and Alderson Broaddus began Thursday's contest exchanging points. The swing in momentum seemed to occur right after the score was knotted up at 10. The Bobcats went on a 3-0 run thanks to an ABU service error and a pair of kills from Hector Serviat to go up 13-10. Lees-McRae would extend its lead to as many as seven points, which turned out to be the winning margin in the first set, 25-18.
Set 2 – Much like they did in the first set, the Bobcats had a small run in the middle of the frame that seemed to swing the momentum in their favor. This time, however, the Battlers would answer this with a run of their own. With both teams able to score points in bunches, the second set boiled down to the team that could put one together towards the tail end of the frame. That team proved to be Lees-McRae as it turned a 20-20 tie into a 25-21 set victory after going on a 5-1 run to close out the frame.
Set 3 – Both Lees-McRae and Alderson Broaddus put together their most efficient offensive sets of the match in the third. The Bobcats finished the third frame with 14 kills on 27 attacks with five errors for a .333 hitting percentage. The Battlers, meanwhile, attacked at a .385 clip with 13 kills on 26 swings with three errors. Even with ABU attacking at more efficient rate, the Bobcats were able to persevere and win the third set thanks to two aces from both Drew Sims and Jeffrey Olsen to close out the match, 25-21.
Stat standouts – Several Bobcats had stellar nights statistically. The duo of Sims and Serviat each finished with 12 kills on the night. Sims (.474) and Ethan Gardner (.417) both hit higher than .400 against the Battlers. Setting up the Bobcat offense was Nick Cookingham, who finished with 36 digs and seven digs. Defensively, Chris Woolslayer totaled a team-high nine digs to aid in the victory.
Next up – Lees-McRae will travel further north on Friday as it takes on Ohio State in another non-conference matchup. First serve between the Bobcats and Buckeyes is set for 7 p.m.