Lees-McRae sweeps Queens in decisive fashion

Box score

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team posted a season-high .373 hitting percentage en route to a 3-0 sweep of Queens University of Charlotte in Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday night in Williams Gymnasium.

Lees-McRae (4-6, 2-0 CC) posted its second three-set sweep of the season, winning by scores of 25-9, 25-16, 25-19 to stay perfect in conference play. The Lady Bobcats hit at least .400 in each of the first two sets, including a blistering .632 in the opening frame, while Queens (7-2, 2-1 CC) posted a hitting percentage of .099 on the night.

Megan Epperson (St. John, Ind.) paced the Lady Bobcats with 12 kills, marking the third straight match in which she's led the team in that category. Whitney Justice (Connelly Springs, N.C.) posted one of her best matches of the campaign, recording 10 kills and no errors in 16 attempts for a sweltering .625 hitting percentage.

Megan Mitchell (Minden, Nev.) recorded at least 30 assists for the sixth straight match, tallying 31 helpers to lead the Lady Bobcats to their fifth victory in their last seven contests. Mitchell also notched a season-high six kills to along with three service aces. Taylor Clendenin (Statesville, N.C.) and Taylor Stice (Franklin, Tenn.) chipped in eight and seven kills, respectively, as Clendenin posted a scorching .750 hitting percentage.

The Lady Bobcats cruised to a 25-9 victory in the first set, opening a 13-5 lead before closing out the frame with a 12-2 run to take an early 1-0 lead. Queens started off strong in the second set, opening an early 7-5 lead before Lees-McRae launched a 10-2 run to take a 15-9 advantage. The Royals would close the gap to 15-12 with a 3-0 spurt before the Lady Bobcats regained control, closing out the frame with a 10-4 run to take a commanding 2-0 lead.

The third set started off with neither team opening more than a two-point lead until, with Queens holding a narrow 6-5 advantage, the Lady Bobcats launched a 8-0 run to open a 13-6 margin following a service ace by Chloe Casas (Plano, Texas). Lees-McRae would stretch the margin to 21-8 before Queens launched a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 23-17 before the Lady Bobcats shut the door to preserve the sweep.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Lady Bobcats travel to Hartsville, S.C. for a 2 p.m. matchup with Coker College to continue their conference schedule.

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