BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats (28-5) advanced with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-19) win over the Anderson University Trojans (22-13) in the semifinals of the Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Tournament Friday night in Williams Gymnasium.
Trisha Reese served the first eight points of the match and the first set as the Lady Bobcats jumped out to an 8-0 lead. Lees-McRae never looked back as they went on to post a 25-13 first set win.
In the second set, Lees-McRae ran out to a 11-1 lead, and again never looked back as they won the second set 25-12.
The third set start with Lees-McRae taking a 5-1 lead on an Anderson attack error, but the Trojans closed the gap to 12-9 on a Lees-McRae service error. Back-to-back kills by Whitney Justice and Lauren Hall pushed the lead to 14-9 to secure the Lady Bobcats set three win, 25-19.
Justice tallied 13 kills on 24 attempts with only one error for a .500 hitting percentage for the Lady Bobcats. Megan Epperson followed with eight kills. Megan Mitchell handed out a match-high 37 assists, and Luana Rocha picked up a match-high 19 digs. Epperson and Justice had three total blocks apiece - Epperson had two solo blocks and one block assists and Justice had three block assists. Rocha, Mitchell and Taylor Clendenin had two service aces.
For Anderson, Jamie Lancaster had 13 kills, and Adria Mullaney followed with seven kills and a team-high eight digs and two block assists. Lindsay Doggett handed out 20 assists.
Lees-McRae had 42 kills on 85 attempts with nine errors for a .388 team hitting percentage, while Anderson had 26 kills with 17 errors on 103 attempts for a .087 team hitting percentage.
Lees-McRae will host Limestone, who upset Pfeiffer, in the tournament finals Sunday at 2 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.