BANNER ELK, NC--The number one seeded host Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats swept Belmont Abbey, the eighth seed, in quarterfinal action Wednesday evening. The Lady Bobcats (24-11) advance to the semifinals where they play host Anderson University on Friday, November 9th at 4:00pm.
In the first game of the match it was Anderson University claiming an early lead on the regular season conference champions. After getting down seven points (11-4) the Lady Bobcats clawed their way back into game. Senior Daviana Metti (Cordoba, Argentina) stepped up to the challenge and led the team back into the game with a six point service run to put the Bobcats in the lead 27-24. The Trojans, however, rallied to tie the game at 28-28, but the Lady Bobcats pushed through, grabbing the win at 30-28.
For the Lady Bobcats, game two of the match was a more consistent game with fewer errors. The team continued to slowly build their lead throughout the game with solid effort from sophomore Lauren Dickover (Las Vegas, NV), who had 40 assists and 15 digs in the three game sweep, and Metti lending a few of her 20 kills (.311 hiting percentage) and13 digs for the night in the 30-20 win.
Belmont Abbey, trying to avoid the sweep, came out strong in the third game building an early lead of 12-9. Freshman Whitney Kiser (Connelly Springs, NC) sought to rally the Lady Bobcats with a smashing kill (one of eight on the evening), instead the Trojans continued to apply pressure and built the lead to 14-10. The Lady Bobcats refused to give in and battled back within one at 15-14, forcing Belmont Abbey to take a timeout. On the first point after the time out sophomore Katie Legg (Alta Loma, CA) slammed a ball through the defenders' hands. Legg and Caty Honey (Geneva, IL) then followed with a tide-turning block. Freshman Lindsey Brant (Orlando, FL) came up with a big service run near the end of the game to help clinch the 30-24 win for the Lady Bobcats.
Scoring leaders for Belmont Abbey included Sydney Steffen (Davenport, IA)with 10 kills and three aces; Allison Smith (Cliffton, VA) with 22 assists, nine digs, and two blocks; and Emily Frohnapfel (Stafford, VA) posting four kills and five blocks in the match.
"Belmont Abbey played extremely tough, proving that the conference across the board is more competitive than in years past," commented Head Coach Jamie Petrik after the match.
The Lady Bobcats travel to Anderson, SC to play host Anderson University in semifinal action Friday, November 9th at 4:00pm.
Pictured: Daviana Metti