November 4, 2006

Lady Bobcats Championship Bound

The top seeded Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats volleyball team advanced to Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Championship Game with a 3-1 win (30-24, 30-28, 27-30, 30-21) over fifth seeded Anderson University. With the loss, the Lady Trojans conclude their season with a 22-16 record. The Lady Bobcats improve to 28-7 overall.

Much can be said of the Lady Bobcats dynamic duo of seniors Lacie Smith and Amanda Huffaker. The pair of preseason AVCA All Americans, recently named All Time All CVAC Team members as well as 2006 All-CVAC First Teamers, led the Lady Bobcats in two of the game's most important areas, hitting and blocking. Smith, (pictured left) led the attack with 21 kills while Huffaker, (pictured below) contributed 8. Smith also added 14 digs and three service aces, while Huffaker had 3.5 total blocks, two solo and three assists.

"Lacie and Amanda have stepped up to the plate so to speak," commented Head Coach Jamie Petrik. "Realizing their collegiate careers are coming to a close, they are leaving everything on the court every time, in an attempt to extend those careers as long as possible. The leadership they are showing right now is above and beyond anything I have ever seen from them."

Daviana Metti also got in on the offense contributing 13 kills while All-CVAC performer Caty Honey and Katie Legg put down seven. As they have all season, Lauren Dickover and Trisha Reese shared the playmaking duties, chipping in with 30 and 28 assists respectively. Reese also put up a team high four service aces. Tiarra Pendleton took care of the defensive responsibilities with a team high 16 digs while Nicole Burns also registered digs in double figures with 11.

Anderson's offense was led by Leanna Willis with 16 kills. Heather Swain added 9 of her own while Shaunte Heyward contributed 7 kills respectively. Jessica Pedrick had a game high 35 assists in the match while Willis also led the team with a game high 28 digs in a losing cause. Pedrick and Jennifer Moffitt helped out defensively as well with 19 and 16 digs against the heavy attack of the Lady Bobcats.

"From where I was sitting, you just had to admire the play and determination of Anderson," added Head Coach Jamie Petrik. "They showed such a competitive spirit. I am extremely proud of the way our team responded to being pushed to the limit like that."

The Lady Bobcats will resume tournament play tomorrow as they look to win their ninth consecutive CVAC Championship, awaiting the winner of the second semi final between second seeded Limestone College and third seeded Converse College.