BANNER ELK, NC--The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats volleyball team earned its third consecutive three game sweep Saturday afternoon, defeating Limestone College 30-21, 30-26, 30-25 in Conference Carolinas action at Williams Gymnasium. The Lady Bobcats improve to 12-8 (8-1 Conference Carolinas) with the win while the Lady Saints drop to 8-12 (6-2).
The Lady Bobcats never trailed in the match, jumping out to an early 4-0 lead in the first game before the Lady Saints battled back to cut the deficit to one at 11-10. Another four point run capped by a Lauren Dickover (Las Vegas, NV) service ace gave the Lady Bobcats a little breathing room, 15-10, and forced a Limestone time out. The Lady Saints responded with the first point after the time out, however senior Caty Honey (Geneva, IL) registered back to back kills while classmate Daviana Metti (Cordoba, Argentina) scored another ace for the home side to push their lead to 18-11. The Lady Saints would regroup and put up a four point run of their own to force an LMC time out with the score 18-15. The Lady Bobcats time out seemed to be just what they needed, responding with a 7-2 to take control of the game and cruise to the opening game victory.
Game two saw the teams rally back and forth throughout with the Lady Bobcats unable to extend their lead past two until late in the contest and escape with a 30-26 win. Hungry to finish the Lady Saints off in three straight, the Lady Bobcats came out with a 9-2 run to start the game, extending the seven point cushion to 13-6, and finally to double digits with a 21-11 advantage. After a Limestone time out, the visitors put together an 8-3 run to close the game to six, 24-19, forcing the Lady Bobcats to use a time out. Limestone would battle back to within two, 27-25, before the Lady Bobcats would close the door and escape with the five point win, 30-25.
Metti led the Lady Bobcats attack with a match high 17 kills while also picking up six digs. Honey and junior Natalie Burns chipped in with nine and eight kills respectively. Defensively, freshman Kell Bogdan and Dickover tallied a match high 18 digs each while Dickover also took care of the setting, recording a match high 40 assists.
Ashley Hubbard led the Lady Saints with a team high ten kills while Melissa Thomas and Ashley Blackwelder contributed nine and six respectively. Laura Kerrison managed 25 assists for the visitors while Chelsea Anthony and Thomas led the way defensively with 13 and 11 digs each.
The Lady Bobcats will be back in action next Friday for a pair of games. Conference Carolinas foe Anderson University visits Williams Gymnasium next Friday to open the Fall Classic hosted by Lees-McRae. The Lady Bobcats take on Anderson at 2:30pm and do battle with Francis Marion University in the evening at 7:00pm.
PICTURED TOP LEFT: Daviana Metti